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‘Fear Constructs our Reality’
“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, and the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.” Henry Louis Mencken. Fear is one of the strongest emotions for every human being; like love or hate it can distort our mind, causing us to not think or act logically in different circumstances. Fear, like the fear of speaking in public, can effect each individual differently; some of us are able to control this fear and speak confidently and clear to a large group, where others of us freeze and let it take control of our body; confusing our mind to make the situation more difficult than it really is. Fear can be caused because of something that happened to the individual in the past, an accident or event that has left an imprint in the memory that could trigger the same emotion that was felt in the past, to the present situation. Our fears can also be formed from a parent’s or family member’s experience, instilling the same fear to us, which in turn influences the way we see what is happening around us. No matter what an individual’s fear is or how it began, plays a very significant part on controlling their part of life, by confusing the mind..

There are some of us that allow fear to overthrow our mind, causing it control our everyday actions and thoughts. Through the character of Nina, from the movie ‘The Black Swan’ it is clear that fear has distorted her mind which causes her to create an evil doppelganger. In this movie we are shown Nina’s subjective reality, being corrupted with the idea that everyone is after her role as lead dancer as the black swan. As the movie continues, her fear grows and we are able to see the true affect of her anxiety and paranoia. This is evident just before the big show; the viewer is lead to believe that she has killed Lily, another professional dancer; as her mind has been deluded to believe that Lily slept with the producer, so she...
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