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The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks

Sacks Chapter Two: The Lost Mariner
How does Sacks see the relationship between memory and life? How does Sacks see the connection in Jimmie G.?
What central feature of all humans is Sacks worried that Jimmie lacks? Why is Sacks so worried? And, what alleviates his worry?

Sacks Chapter Twelve: A Matter of Identity
Why does William Thompson confabulate?

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The expert determines how Sacks sees the relationship between memory and life. The central feature of all humans is Sacks worried about Jimmie lacks is given.

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It looks like you are specifically for some guidance on Chapters Two and Chapter Twelve of the book. As such, it is first important to note that, while the characters change between the stories, Sacks has an overall point to the complete book. Basically, Sachs is a physician who specializes in the field of neurology. As one can imagine, he has encountered many different types of patients over the years and one year decided to capture some of these stories and put them in novel form. Both Chapter Two and Twelve, in addition to other stories as well, are designed to evoke feelings and emotions in the reader, as they are recounted to be the very feelings and emotions of the author and the patents themselves. Through it all, he aims to educate the average layperson with no background in neurology about the different conditions that many individuals in society have. He accomplished this by dividing his book into four major parts, representing different aspects of life. These four parts are losses, excesses, transports, and the simple. Chapter Two (the story of Jimmie G.) is in the part about Losses, while Chapter Twelve (the story of William Thompson) is in the part about Excesses.

Chapter Two: The Lost Mariner

Question: How does Sacks see the relationship between memory and life?

In this story, we have Jimmie, who is quite a smart man, trapped in a pre-19 year old existence. His neurological functions prevent him from remembering anything he did in life prior to the mid 1940s (about 19 years of age). As such, no matter how much he ages, he cannot seem to remember anything he recently did or accomplished. He is, however, a brilliant mathematician and is beginning to make his mark on society. Sacks, through this story, appears to be ...

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