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Assignment 4 -Rough Draft

Assignment 4 -Rough Draft - Elorm Avakame Expository...

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Elorm Avakame Expository Writing 101 – Section LS October 23, 2008 Assignment 4 – Final Draft Imagery and Imagination in Our Everyday Lives The importance of imagery and imagination is often taken for granted. Because we all understand it on the surface, there is seldom a need for further examination. To gain a deeper understanding of why imagery and imagination are important to us, we must examine what both of them entail. Oliver Sacks, in “The Mind’s Eye”, details the significance of imagery and imagination in the lives of several blind individuals and illustrates how each individual uses their imaginative abilities to create reality. Azar Nafisi, in “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, examines the relationship between the repression of imagination and the dictatorial oppression of women in Iran. One could make the case that imagery and imagination are not very important to our everyday lives because most of the tasks that we carry out every day, such as driving, walking, or eating, require little imaginative thinking. While it is true that carrying out the various tasks that are absolutely necessary for survival requires very little imagination, imaginative thinking can greatly improve the quality and enjoyment of life. To understand how, we can use the two aforementioned readings to determine that imagery is the foundation of imagination, and that imagination (or the expression thereof) is a direct representation of personality and/or identity. Furthermore, the development of imagery and imagination are essential to a healthy mind. Imagery, defined as the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses, is the foundation upon which imagination, which is the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses, is built. Without imagery, imagination cannot exist. The extent of our imaginative abilities is directly related to the number and variety of various images that we’ve seen with our eyes and constructed with our minds. In
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other words, everything that we imagine is based on images that we have previously acquired. Sacks tells us the story of a blind man by the name of Zoltan Torey, who lost his sight after years of normal vision. After becoming blind, Torey began to develop his “inner eye”, his power of imagination, to its greatest extent. Torey’s father was the head of a large motion-picture studio, and from a young age, Torey had been exposed to the scripts for these motion-pictures. Said Torey, “This gave me the opportunity to visualize stories, plots, and characters, to work my imagination—a skill that was to become a lifeline and source of strength in the years ahead” (Sacks 511). Because of the extent of his experience with visualization and imagery, he was able
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