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A Leg to Stand On Setting & Symbolism

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Neurological Science

This is the science of the nervous system - brain, spinal cord, nerves, synapses, etc. It is the main focus of both the author's medical practice and his research.

The Mountain

At the beginning of the narrative, the author climbs a mountain overlooking a well known Norwegian fjord. The beauty of both the fjord and the climb can be seen as metaphors for his general happiness and satisfaction with his life before his accident. On the other hand, his tortured journey down the mountain following his injury can be seen as a metaphor for and a foreshadowing of the equally torturous experience of recovery he endures following treatment of his injury.

The Bull

After ignoring a sign to "beware the bull", the author encounters a massive white bull blocking the path up the mountain. While his initial impressions are that the bull is peaceful and while...

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