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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

I'm not sure. What I mean is, I don't know whether I actually heard the words or if I'm filling them in now, like blank spaces on a piece of paper you have to complete (2.6)

Did you know that memory is malleable (changeable)? Scientists have done all sorts of studies that show that it's possible to both remove a memory from someone's brain and implant a memory that wasn't there before. Here's an example. Think real-life Inception.

Quote #2

T: Why are you hesitating? You appear – uncertain.
A: I am.
T: About what?
A: I don't know (2.6).

You know when you feel really anxious about something, but you're not sure what? Or you're really hyped up but can't figure out why? This is like that times a thousand. Adam is uncertain about his uncertainty all the time.

Quote #3

Or am I dramatizing, Adam wondered. He wanted to be a writer, to capture drama on paper. Was he really manufacturing mysteries to satisfy his literary longings, finding mysteries where they did not in fact exist? (13.4)

Adam is talking here about spying on his family – but is it possible that his memory has also manufactured some mysteries? How much can we really trust his account of what happened in the past?

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