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Perceptions of the World The world can be perceived in many different ways The blind the deaf children adults teenagers parents all see the world in a different way It is an authors job to convey how he sees the world to his readers Oliver Sacks does this quite well Through his use of analogies and other rhetorical strategies Oliver Sacks greatly enhances the readers view of a newly sighted mans life and in turn the readers view of the world In the beginning of To See and Not See by Oliver Sacks the reader is introduced to the subject of the essay a fifty-year-old man named Virgil who has been blind from early childhood Virgil at the urging of his fiance submits himself to a surgery that will help him regain his sight When Sacks hears about Virgils case he is immediately interested and wants to fly to Oklahoma to meet Virgil as soon as possible Sacks had read of a few other cases such as Valvos patient HS and Gregorys patient SB in which the subjects had a great deal of difficulty adjusting from the world of the blind to the world of sighted It is Sacks intent to visit Virgil and not just test Virgil but to see how he managed in real life inside his house outside in natural settings and social situations 116 By studying this man and his journey into the world of the sighted Sacks hopes to determine whether sight is a learned or innate trait When Sacks first steps off the p lane he begins observing Virgil describing him as being of medium height but exceedingly fat 116 Sacks is then taken to Virgil and Amys house where Sacks watches as Virgil caneless walked by himself up to the front door pulled out his key grasped the doorknob unlocked the door and opened it Sacks 120 It was only later that Virgil explained that this feat
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