Out in the Open: Perception is Everything


Sarah Griswold is a junior double majoring in Mathematics and Religious Studies. She spends her “free time” analyzing her favorite shows on Netflix, which of course winds up ruining them. She is currently enrolled in an independent study with Dr. Simmons where she is analyzing the popular HBO series “True Detective.”

“I have seen the finale of thousands of lives, man. Young, old, each one so sure of their realness. You know that their sensory experience constituted a unique individual with purpose and meaning.” – Rust Cohle

In the previous post to this blog series on HBO’s True Detective, I ended on a cliffhanger of sorts. The majority of the show is presented through Marty Hart and Rust Cohle’s perspectives. Because the audience sees what Marty does, Maggie, Marty’s wife, and Lisa, Marty’s mistress, are both women who are cast aside after attempting to assert themselves as individuals. They are cast aside from the show, because as viewers we only learn things through Marty’s perspective and he has removed them from his life.

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