Sensory Overload

When we are born, most of us have the basic five senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. They help us take in, process, and understand the world around us. We are powerful beings when we have all five senses — but we may be even more powerful without one or two…

Here are some examples:

While writing Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, conveniently leaves out the details to the monster’s creation. We do not know the specifics of how it came to be living, we just know that life was created. She did this so that we can create the creation scene with our own imaginations. In a way she robbed us of one of our senses — metaphorically speaking. Without the visual description we had to rely on was in our mind, over all making a more horrific scene than Mary Shelley could ever have written.

For those of you that did not know, I grew up on a farm — a horse farm. The best horse we have ever had — and still have — is a horse named Flash. Flash completely trust the ride on his back, and will follow any command you give him — because he has too. He is blind. If he does not listen to the rider on his back he could end up running into a tree… or worse. He lacks a sense, but he has a strong intuition. He is one of the smartest horses I know because he relies on others … maybe this is some advice we should take as humans beings…

My Horse Flash

When we watched Nosferatu in class on Monday many people found it boring because it was a black and white film, but I found it pretty interesting. With out the sound we were able to morph our own personal experience with the film.  Nosferatu voice is supposed to sound horrifying to me, and the easiest way to create a horrifying voice is to imagine it in one’s mind. That way it is personalized with every viewer — a different experience for everyone.  I think that if silent films ever wanted to make a comeback they have a new marketing slogan…

Please tell me I'm not crazy!

Ever notice the similarities between Nosferatu and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons?

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2 thoughts on “Sensory Overload

  1. Great post. I really like your “less is more” interpretation about monsters, especially about the Nosferatu film. I think it is more fun to envision your own monster and apply your hand picked details to the frame of the monster described. It really does make for a creative, very personal experience that makes reading so much fun. Also, I find it creepy how much Mr. Burns looks like Nosferatu! The resemblance is almost uncanny, as Freud might say.

  2. Jessica DeSpain says:

    This is very smart, Teryl. I’ve been so impressed with the creative tack of the blogs from this last round.

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