Flatliners Essay

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FLATLINERS Death is a part of life that everyone at sometime or another will have to face it is true that many people feel differently about this subject, and many people don't like to talk about it. I myself have asked the question what happens during and after death. Is there a big bright light, is there voices calling you towards the light, does your whole life flash before your eyes? That is only what could possible be happening during the time of death, but what about after death, is there an afterlife do you go to heaven if you are good and hell if you are bad, or do use just die and rote underground. The reason why I chose the movie Flatliners, is because these characters want to solve the questions that I and many people have about death. There are four types of death clinical, brain, biological, and social death. In the move the Nelson a medical student has an idea that if he causes clinical death in a controlled and strategic way he can experience death first hand and then be revived to talk about it. The movie exaggerates the idea of distorted reactions; Nelson being the first to go under is the character, which they use to exaggerate this concept. The idea of distorted reaction may not be exactly what is shown in the movie, but it is very similar. In most cases, distorted reactions are normal symptoms carried to an extreme degree. They include adopting the behaviors traits of the deceased, such as aspects of the deceased's fatal illness and other types of psychosomatic ailments, particularly colitis, arthritis, and asthma. An example we know of is a young man whose mother died of lymphomic cancer. At her death, she had large boils on her neck. Some weeks after she died, her son discovered lumps on his neck that quickly developed into boils. On examination, they were found to be benign. In fact the only explanation of their existence was the great stress in the young man's mind over the loss of his mother (Dacey 484). The reason why I believe that Nelson shows a more serious case of this is, because his mind causes him to see a young boy by the name of Billy Mahoney, a boy who died because of Nelson actions a young kid. Not only does he see him, but also what he did to Billy, Billy did to him. This is like distorted reactions because Nelson was physically hurting himself, but his mind was making him believe that it was Billy Mahoney.Michel de Montaigne's statement about his near death experience is also portrayed in the move by most of the characters. He said, "Having nearly died, I've found death like the sweet feeling that people have that let themselves side into sleep. I believe that this is the same feeling that people find themselves in whom we see fainting in the agony of death, and I maintain that we pity them without cause if you know not how to die, never trouble yourself. Nature will in a moment fully and sufficiently instruct you; she will exactly do the business for you; take no care for it". After their...

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