Friday, February 27, 2009

Chapter Four "Nests"

"...Men can do everything except build a bird's nest." Bachelard is referencing the proverb Ambroise Pare's work: "The enterprise and skill with which animals make their nest is so efficient that it is not possible to do better, so entirely do they surpass all masons, carpenters, and builders; for their is not a man who would be able to make a house better suited to himself and to his children than these little animals build for themselves." In this chapter Bachelard talks about the sophistication of the way birds create and make their nests. Men, with all their wisdom, tools, and power are incapable of building a nest. ("According to Michelet, a bird is a worker without tools." p. 100) Bachelard mentions Thoreau's theory of the tree becoming a nest for daydreamers to hide away and be able to dream and make memories. ("A tree becomes a nest the moment a great dreamer hides in it." p.97) Confidence is introduced as a means to build a shelter. Bachelard poses the question," Would a bird build its nest if it did not have its instinct for confidence in the world", p.103. The act of daydreaming builds confidence because in a daydream you can be whoever you want to be. In dreams we are able to be fearless, as the birds are. People who have low self confidence might live out a life of confidence through their dreams. ("A rhythm that reaches back across the years and, through the dream, combats all absence", p.99) He is talking about the function of inhabitant a space through dreams. ("For not only do we come back to it, but we dream of coming back to it," p.99). We always bring old experiences with us, which form our present state of mind.

"Mankind's nest, like his world, is never finished. And imagination helps us to continue," p.104).

Composted by: Jovana Nikolic, Sara Gray, Emily Davis
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