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ENG1120 Lecture 2: terror by nabokov

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Terror by Nabokov Fear that comes through the anticipation of the horror Narrator appeals to creeds and philosophies Creates cultural and symbolic systems that allow to make more sense of an experience that is ultimately senseless Horror of this experience is the result of reason and rationality to lessen the unknown and alien nature of death P.116; language is the median to which he relates experience, he says he is a poet Cannot recognize her Describe failure of language to capture experience P.116; in this darkness everything at once began to move, Language fixes things, stabilizes, everything starts to move and the identities are suddenly challenged P.119; ...the world was on its own, and that world was devoid of sense, If you get rid of either side of the equation there would be no absurdity Disjunction between language and reality is an experience of horror Descartes is a philosopher from 16th century I think therefore I am Save world from skepticism P.119; ..some better brick than the Cartesian one Last paragraph; Didnt find solid brick Mistress helps keep monsters at bay Failure of human language ultimately to make the world familiar in an intelligent way
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