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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Brief: Communicate the story of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks, visually through a series of images. Identify themes and symbols, highlight metaphors.

— In this work I have tried to capture what it may be like to see through the eyes of the patient in this story. His pathology is complicated, for example, when asked to describe a glove he recognises it as a container but is unable to realise its relationship to a hand.

These three images depict key moments from the story that enable a reader to appreciate the world this patient may live in, one that is hard to otherwise imagine.

The patient attempts to lift off his wife’s head, he thinks it is his hat.
The patient greets his grandfather clock, mistaking it for his guest.
The patient’s painting resemble an artistic development from realism to abstract