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Ways of Seeing Summary
John Berger

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Ways of Seeing Summary

Plot Summary

A child sees before it learns to speak. Seeing also enables an individual to relate to the environment that surrounds him. Words are used to try to explain the environment that surrounds. Words cannot settle the matter because they are static and the surrounding environment changes. There is a constant gap between the words used and the sight seen. Berger claims Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams" comments on this gap.

The painting is comprised of an apparent four-pane window with black background in each pane. Each quadrant contains an image in black and white with white script words below. A viewer might assume there is some relation between the image and the script. A word in the lower right quadrant does indeed state what the picture is. Underneath the image of a suitcase in that pane is written "the valise", which is another word for suitcase, satchel...

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