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ENGA10 LECTURE 07 11/2/2011 6:04:00 AM
CONVERSION (to who they want you
to be)
Mutual reciprocity
Vampiric self/other

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Not everything that comforts you is good for you
What makes the difference between choosing something that’s bad
for you and something that’s good for you is how upset you are
(how much comfort you need; driven by urges)
Anxiety is a lack of comfort that feels urgent
Myth of satisfaction: food offers comfort (e.g. gum will never run
When we need comfort it’s because we aren’t where we need to be
Addiction is a search for immediate comfort driven by urgency
Praying can be seen as a ritual or as an addiction: a prayer can
comfort you for 5 minutes or all day
Satisfaction defined as the absence of any concerns at all (this is a
Deprivation can be satisfying
Perfection = death (the woman is satisfied when she dies with a
smile on her face 1950s)
Mrs. Dalloway is dissatisfied: did she marry the right man?
Peter is dissatisfied: what is he going to do now that he’s back from
It’s some kind of crime to be dissatisfied
Trauma gives you the idea that you can’t cope, which ultimately
drives you to something that is self-destructive
Are people loving or converting?
Love is about loving the lack in each other
Conversion is a search for full satisfaction (the coma)
Proportion is Sir William Bradshaw’s other favorite word next to
o For Bradshaw, giving someone a sense of "proportion" is
cutting them down to the size one needs in order to convert
them, or stamp one's image upon them

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o The way from the acceptance of love and mutual reciprocity
to conversion is through this false idea of requiring a sense of
proportion--but world war I was insanely out of proportion!
o This would be part of Septimus's message if he could deliver
it to a sympathetic ear: this LIE of proportion is only used to
keep down others so they can be used by the power-hungry
"converters" who "feast" on them
You can move from love to conversion, but you can’t move back
because once you’ve converted the person has become an object
Septimus doesn’t realize his wife is losing weight because he’s in
trauma, because he can’t feel
Trauma: adaptive, you cut off your feelings, you feel nothing (often
called bravery)
Problem: trauma doesn’t stop once you get home
Septimus wants to explain to someone, anyone, the Queen, the
Prime Minister, that he has witnessed modern technology
slaughtering people like animals
The following poem is a man trying to explain to his girlfriend why
he doesn’t feel anymore; why she means nothing to him now
Greater Love
Red lips are not so red
As the stained stones kissed by the English dead.
o Her red lips reminds him of the blood spilled during war
Kindness of wooed and wooer
Seems shame to their love pure.
o How can we go and hold hands and frolic when my
friends are dead, buried in the mud?
O Love, your eyes lose lure
When I behold eyes blinded in my stead!
o Your eyes are not alluring because when I look into
your eyes I see the eyes of my comrades
o Guilt because he is not blinded
Your slender attitude
Trembles not exquisite like limbs knife-skewed,
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