The Piece of Wood In the epilogue, Pelzer creates an explicit metaphor out of a piece of driftwood that he observes as he stands on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The wood is thrown up on the shore and then dragged back by the tide into the ocean. The wood reminds him of his childhood.
Background[ edit ] Much of Harlow's scientific career was spent studying maternal bondingwhat he described as the "nature of love". These experiments involved rearing newborn "total isolates" and monkeys with surrogate mothers, ranging from toweling-covered cones to a machine that modeled abusive mothers by assaulting the baby monkeys with cold air or spikes.
Harlow concluded it was the latter. InHarlow's wife died of cancer and he began to suffer from depression. He was treated and returned to work but, as Lauren Slater writes, his colleagues noticed a difference in his demeanor.
Harlow's first experiments involved isolating a monkey in a cage surrounded by steel walls with a small one-way mirrorso the experimenters could look in, but the monkey could not look out. The only connection the monkey had with the world was when the experimenters' hands changed his bedding or delivered fresh water and food.
Baby monkeys were placed in these boxes soon after birth; four were left for 30 days, four for six months, and four for a year. After 30 days, the "total isolates", as they were called, were found to be "enormously disturbed".
After being isolated for a year, they barely moved, did not explore or play, and were incapable of having sexual relations. When placed with other monkeys for a daily play session, they were badly bullied.
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Two of them refused to eat and starved themselves to death. Artificial insemination had not then been developed; instead, Harlow devised what he called a "rape rack", to which the female isolates were tied in normal monkey mating posture.
He found that, just as they were incapable of having sexual relations, they were also unable to parent their offspring, either abusing or neglecting them.
One mother held her baby's face to the floor and chewed off his feet and fingers.
Another crushed her baby's head. Most of them simply ignored their offspring. He had at first wanted to call it the "dungeon of despair", and also used terms like "well of despair", and "well of loneliness". Blum writes that his colleagues tried to persuade him not to use such descriptive terms, that a less visual name would be easier, politically speaking.
Gene Sackett of the University of Washington in Seattle, one of Harlow's doctoral students who went on to conduct additional deprivation studies, said, "He first wanted to call it a dungeon of despair.
Can you imagine the reaction to that? The point of the experiment was to break those bonds in order to create the symptoms of depression. The chamber was a small, metal, inverted pyramid, with slippery sides, slanting down to a point.
The monkey was placed in the point. The opening was covered with mesh. The monkeys would spend the first day or two trying to climb up the slippery sides.
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It is located in San Mateo County, where David grows up and the action takes place. Alliteration is a literary device where words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group.
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Perhaps his most influential work was his literary criticism, which he expounded and continually revised in articles and books spanning nearly half a century.
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