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On Authenticity: A DeGrazian Outlook of Birdman or (An Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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Harrison Groll

Abstract

The following is a lens essay for an English course. The chosen target text is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (An Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and the assigned lens text is George Washington University philosophy professor, David DeGrazia’s Prozac, Enhancement and Self Creation. I would like to take a moment to note that at the time of this writing, nearly half a decade after its initial release, the target text is one that remains wildly debated as it is open to many interpretations. In the film, as the protagonist descends into delusion, the lines between reality and fantasy become distorted, leaving the viewer to insert a sense of meaning for herself. The interpretations found in this essay have been carefully chosen to strengthen those arguments of the lens text and do not necessarily represent my own personal beliefs. Finally, the use of symbolic logic (SL) is utilized throughout to help better support these arguments. While the validity of these logic sentences is bona fide, the same cannot be said about its soundness.

How to Cite: Groll, H., 2018. On Authenticity: A DeGrazian Outlook of Birdman or (An Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Audley Webster Memorial Essay Contest, p.6.
Published on 01 Jan 2018.
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