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Unformatted text preview: Because he does not understand human motivations, then, Jack Burden finally formulates the theory of the Great Twitch. This theory postulates that all human actions are caused by the same forces that produce the tic in the face of the old man whom he meets: somewhere, an impulse originates, and somewhere else somebody does something. This idea, however, is merely a more formal statement of the thought that guides most of Jack Burden's opinions, since he has long believed that there is no real reason behind the things people do; they merely act as some mysterious impulse dictates, or they react. Because this is the case, there is no responsibility involved in the way a person acts. Because he believes this, Jack can simply go ahead and do his job. He can dig up all of the sordid information that he can find on someone, and it doesn't mean a thing to him personally. That person information that he can find on someone, and it doesn't mean a thing to him personally....
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- Fall '08