First essa3y - Time - Jacob Zipperstein 2/16/10 Timeless...

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Jacob Zipperstein 2/16/10 Timeless Dreams In The History of Danish Dreams , Peter Høeg cleverly explores the mysteries of time. Danish Dreams is not a factual novel – it does not depict any actually events that occurred throughout the history of Denmark (apart from the occasional prominent historical figure). It is, however, an authentic novel – one that brilliantly underscores that time is always relative. Høeg deliberately avoids pinpointing a true meaning to time; instead, he shows – through the Count, the Old Lady, Anna, and the common folk –that each individual perceives time differently. The History of Danish Dreams begins with three simple chapters introducing us to the main protagonists. In the first chapter, we encounter a man who calls himself “The Count.” The Count deals with science and the measurement of certain things. It is an extraordinary aspect about this world that by simply measuring an objects phenomenon, we can analyze with confident accuracy its outcome. However, there are numerous limitations to this profound ability of ours. Obviously, there are the literal limitations (i.e. the accuracy of the measurement as well as the precision of the tools being used), but
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there are also the figurative limitations. These limits are not in our control. In simpler words, we can gather and process specific information regarding an object, but our broader knowledge as well as the actual object remains alienated from us. Just as any object is unfamiliar in its entirety, so too is time. One could measure time by movements, events, changes or however they see fit. The truth is, each person measures time differently. In the Counts frustration of remaining without the knowledge of where the center of the Earth is, and solely finding shit upon where he is digging, he “[gives] the orders for the building of the wall to begin and for Mørkhøj’s clocks to be stopped” (pg 8). Whether or not the Count has the supernatural ability to suspend time is irrelevant; the
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