January 8, 2013
Throughout the novel “Einstein’s Dreams”, the author deals with a series of different perceptions of what time could be and what it means to different people. The short story, “The Allegory of the Cave”, deals with the idea of perception and how what is being seen could be different than what someone else is seeing. Both works of literature have the common idea of how no two people see the same thing. Perception is different for everyone, but in the end the people are still looking at the same thing, and time is still passing.
Einstein’s Dreams is filled with multiple vignettes that deal with a variety of different perceptions of time. This novel demonstrates by showing both perceptions that even though they may not be the same it doesn’t mean that one is wrong or right. Perception has to do with the different ways of viewing the same concept. In Einstein’s Dreams, on April 24, 1905, the idea of mechanical vs. body time is brought up. People who use mechanical time are ones who do what they do base off of what time the clock say. Whereas people who run on body time do what they want to do when they feel like it. They will eat when their stomach grumble and they will sleep when they physically feel tired. Both of these types of times are examples of two different perceptions. They both share the same concept of time, yet both are seen in very different ways. When saying, “Each time is true, but the truths are the same”, the author is explaining the idea of different perceptions not having a right answer. (Pg27) Some people see time through the mechanics of their watches, and clocks, but others feel it through their own bodies. What the people have in common is the fact they are experiencing time. Each way they experience time is a valid way, yet they are completely different from one another. This vignette is able to demonstrate two different perceptions through the idea of how to...
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