Unit 4 assignment 1
1. In Berne's essay "Ground Zero" the quote "But once your eyes adjust to what you are looking at, "nothing" becomes something much more potent, which is absense, she means that as her eyes finally adjusted to what was once there is no longer there, and that absense was a very overwhelming and powerful emotion. She says it looks like a construction site with trucks, and workers, and scaffholding. To a passer by that had no idea of what took place there on September 11, that it looks like "Nothing" Nothing but a construction site. The buildings that used to stand there and the people who used to work in them were no longer there are are absent. Looking at the "nothing" is very intense because we know what is absent. The twin towers were no longer standing as she was probably visualizing at first and as it finally sunk in that they were no longer there, thats when all her emotions started pouring in.
2. In Berne's essay "Ground Zero" she quoted " It takes quite a while to see all of this; it takes even longer to come up with something to say about it". In that quote, it took "quite a while" to see all the details at ground zero because to her it still did not sink in to what she was looking at. She was still visualizing the twin towers being there instead of thinking about the events of 9/11 and what used to stand before that event. It took her "even longer" to think of something to say about it because the sight of what happened from the tragig event of 9/11 had left her speechless and she could not gather the words of what she was seeing as she was still shocked on what was "not standing" in front of her.
3. According to Berne the television pictures of ground zero were different from the actual experience of seeing it because televised images of ground zero included included the towers collapsing, workers running, and black smoke coming from them. By...