The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar: What Is The State Of Mesmerism?

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“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” (King, Martin Luther, Jr.) It is part of ones human nature to not want to accept something that does not benefit them. Humans are selfish that way, no matter what the sacrifice is, many times change is commonly sought. Many believe that by changing something, they will be able to get the result they desire. In the movie Minority Report, the Pre-Crime department was created to try and stop murders from happening. In the short story “The Facts in the Case of M.Valdemar”, a mesmerist tries to use mesmerism to elongate life. In both these works, the characters demonstrate the need to change something that is predicted to happen in the future, but sometimes the future is already set in stone …show more content…
They all want to be able to make a discovery that could change the world for the better and get recognition. The short story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” portrays the want to avoid the inevitable through a scientific theory. The said theory had no evidence to back it up yet the mesmerist still wanted to try and achieve success. The protagonist: a mesmerist, wants to put someone into a state of mesmerism to try and elongate their life. The scientist believed that at the state of almost death, or articulo mortis that he would be able to sustain life for just a little bit longer. He wanted to prove his theory by testing it on a person at the state of articulo mortis and so he reached out to find someone who would be willing to let him be tested. He found M.Valdemar and at the brink of death, he mesmerized him. A first it worked but later on, it was said that Vlademar had already died and he could not sustain his life. This shows that as much as the mesmerist wanted his experiment to work, he could not make it. As his theory had no facts backing it up. Death is an unavoidable thing and eventually, it will happen to everyone. No one can change the fact that in the future, everyone eventually …show more content…
Everyone wants to believe that they are innocent because ultimately each person believes what they are doing is right. John Anderton was predicted to kill Leo Crowe (a person he did not know) by the precogs. This led to him getting stripped of his badge and him running from the Pre-Crime department. He set out to prove that he was innocent and would not end up committing the act of murder. Although he believed that he could change the predicted future, the Pre-Crime department did not agree with him and thought he needed to be arrested. He decided that he needed to figure out the truth so he could prove himself innocent and return to the Pre-Crime department. He did many crazy things just to ensure that he could make it back. He replaced his eyes with new one, stole a precog and even pointed a gun at someone. During this time it is seen that he becomes more desperate and starts to change and the watchers start to believe he may kill Crowe. As it came down to the moment he was supposed to commit the crime, he was told he had a choice but in the end, it did not matter. Anderton ended up committing the crime and killing Crowe just as predicted and did not manage to prove himself innocent. Anderton shows that his self will ultimately was not strong enough to prevent the events from

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