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Insanity Defense: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) - “Not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI) has often perplexed even the most stringent of legal and psychiatric professionals for centuries. Moreover, it has transcended into the pop culture, as a “loophole”for the criminal society. However, the insanity defense is only used in less than 1% of criminal cases, and used successfully in only 10-25% of those cases (Torry and Billick, 2010). In order to successfully be acquitted by reason of insanity, the legal team, paired with psychiatric professionals, must prove that the defendant is not legally responsible for the crime, despite the evidence that they executed the crime....   [tags: insanity, crime, defendant] 2413 words
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The Hinckley Trial and the Insanity Defense - ... TREPANATION 20th century 3. ROTATIONAL THERAPY 4. MESMERISM (1734-1815) 5. LOBOTOMY 6. Electroconvulsive therapy 7.restraint 8. Strong drugs 9. Shock water treatment 10. Bleeding 11. Blistering salves. Such treatments often left patients severely damaged and not being able to function in society. New psychiatric drugs were developed in the 1950s, there was a new-found belief that people in mental institutions could be rehabilitated. Our current day treatments are rehabilitation hospitals, counseling, and medications....   [tags: symptoms of insanity, crime, trial]
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The Insanity Plea - Most court cases end in one of the following two ways: Guilty or Not Guilty. In addition to these simple verdicts, information is sometimes provided as to why the jury came to its conclusion. Such is the case for Not guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). While the first two scenarios are simple and fair, the last choice has raised more than a few eyebrows over time. Many believe that the Insanity Plea is a simple way to get a high-stakes criminal off the hook, though many would also disagree and say that the Insanity Plea is a justifiable resolution to court cases....   [tags: court cases, jury, insanity defense]
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The Yellow Wallpaper- Insanity Preventions - Having a positive mindset often leads to positivity. Likewise, having a negative mindset almost always leads to negativity. However, negativity tends to weigh a person down even more, with greater negative factors. Negativity leads to stress, depression, and in some cases mental issues. The woman in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” supports this theory tremendously. Her diagnosis of her poor mental health wasn’t revealed, however, many details support that her insanity could have been prevented....   [tags: negative mindset, insanity]
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Criminology: Sane for Insanity? - Sane for insanity. Often times, the Insanity Defense is viewed by the public as an excused for criminals who are trying to be free of a sentence in jail.That may be the case for a small portion of the time, but that rarely works. It does not matter what the defendants mental ability is at the moment of a trial. The jurors focus on the mental capability at the moment the defendant committed the crime. There are several tests that are looked at in trying to find what the cause was for all of the commotion by the defendant in the committed crime to discover the level of their mental illness, or if there is an illness at all....   [tags: insanity defense, excuse for criminals]
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Damaged Minds: Insanity - ... shot at President Reagan six times and one bullet hit Reagan. This attempt was made in order to gain the attention of an actress he was obsessed with and she played in a movie where the president was shot. People can become insane through many different ways. Schizophrenia may be the main type of mental disorder we think of when we think of someone being insane, but there are many types of insanity. With most types of mental illnesses, people don’t even consider the ill to be insane. People with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, impulse control and addiction disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, dissociative disorder, factious di...   [tags: mental illness, insanity]
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Hamlet's Feign Insanity - In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, insanity is defined as an illness or disease that sends the mind into sheer madness. This “disease” deprives the mind of reason and awareness, creating a human being of complete disorder. “A common notion of insanity is that those laboring under it are very violent or very suicidal or talking nonsense” (Kellogg). Kellogg states the actions of those affected by insanity; he provides clear knowledge of behavior associated with an individual that has been introduced to madness....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet, insanity]
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Analysis of Insanity Developed by Cohen and Coffin - The media effects coupled with predisposers, precipitants and facilitators can have dire consequences on their own, but the last subject for mass murderer that demands attention is mental illness. In order to distinguish between the various kinds of mental illness and criminal culpability, this paper will analyze the criteria for ‘insanity’ developed by Cohen and Coffin. The victim is innocent and there is no reasonable way the perpetrator should consider them an enemy. The motive is unintelligible, delusional, unrealistic, and inappropriate for the nature of the murder....   [tags: serial killers, mass murders, insanity]
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The Insanity Defense - When someone commits a crime, he or she may use mental illness as a defense. This is called an insanity plea or insanity defense. What the insanity defense does is try to give the alleged perpetrator a fair trial. At least in extreme cases, society agrees with this principle. The problem is where do we draw the line. Under what circumstances is a person considered insane, and when are they not. The trouble with the insanity defense in recent years is the assumption that virtually all criminals have some sort of mental problem....   [tags: A Crime Of Insanity]
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Insanity: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe - “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a first-person narrative short story that showcases an enigmatic and veiled narrator. The storyteller makes us believe that he is in full control of his mind yet he is experiencing a disease that causes him over sensitivity of the senses. As we go through the story, we can find his fascination in proving his sanity. The narrator lives with an old man, who has a clouded, pale blue, vulture-like eye that makes him so helpless that he kills the old man. He admits that he had no interest or passion in killing the old man, whom he loved....   [tags: dramtic irony, faking insanity]
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Gender Differences in Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) - Interest and debate have greatly increased over the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) plea since the 1970s. The legal definition of insanity as understood by Dunn, Cowan, and Downs (2006) is, “a person is thought insane if he or she is incapable of knowing or understanding the nature and quality of his or her act of distinguishing right from wrong at the time of the commission of the offense.” There are several investigations needed in the area of NGRIs plea, especially in the area of gender....   [tags: insanity, culture, public opinion, law]
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Insanity: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Keyse - Insanity is a blurred line in the eyes of Ken Kesey. He reveals a hidden microcosm of mental illness, debauchery, and tyranny in his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The remarkable account of a con man’s ill-fated journey inside a psychiatric hospital exposes the horrors of troubling malpractices and mistreatments. Through a sane man’s time within a crazy man’s definition of a madhouse, there is exploration and insight for the consequences of submission and aberration from societal norm....   [tags: Insanity and Identity, chief bromden]
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Should Insanity Be Considered a Legal Defense for Criminals? - Richard Bonnie, a Professor of law and psychiatry, leans on yes -- insanity should indeed exist as a legal defense for criminals. However, his stance on the matter focuses more on a modified variation of the existing defense used in the courts, as the defense maneuver is crucial in maintaining moral integrity of criminal law (Bonnie, 1982, p. 308). He begins with a suggestion to consider the case of John Hinckley. While hearing his argument for the insanity defense, it is mentioned how the media takes on many cases, such as Hinckley's own case, and coupled with a lack of disagreement among experts in the psychiatric field, the media has had a negative influence on the overall depiction of th...   [tags: richard bonnie, criminal law, insanity defense]
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The Insanity of Hamlet - ... Horatio. “Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o’er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness?” Hamlet. “It waves me still. –Go on, I’ll follow thee. (Shakespeare I.iv.78-82, 87). This is the first time Shakespeare shows Hamlet’s insanity. Shakespeare shows this as irrational because Hamlet wants to follow and talk to a ghost. Hassle states that “Hamlet's own 'antic disposition' is not always clearly under his control, witness 'wild and whirling words' after seeing the ghost” (615)....   [tags: Shakespeare plays, character analysis]
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The Consequence of Insanity - ... As said in the story, the narrator wishes to scream truth out loud, admitting his crime, and releasing his guilt of optional. The narrator’s guilt is the old man’s death, which he is trying to hide from the police officers. No matter how hard one tries he or she cannot hide the truth, a concept that is very relevant to the story and the picture. The narrator was unable to hide the truth from the police officers because he was load with guilt that he had to release the truth. The hands in the picture shows that the man is craving to release the guilt or the fear that is inside of him to relieve himself....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart] 671 words
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The Insanity Plea - Over the years the standards and requirements for the insanity plea have changed, from strict to lenient back to strict and so on. According to the article ‘Insanity defense among the states’, in some states for example Kansas, Montana, Idaho, and Utah just abolished the ability to pleading insanity all together. (Insanity defense among the states) In other states the requirements vary like in California they use the McNaughton rule which says that to be declared insane, defendants must either not have known what they were doing at the time or not have realized their actions were wrong....   [tags: psychiatric hospital, defense]
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The Insanity Defense - Over the years the standards and requirements for the insanity plea have changed, from strict to lenient back to strict and so on. In some states for example Kansas, Montana, Idaho, and Utah just abolished the ability to plead insanity all together. (Insanity defense among the states ) In other states the requirements vary like in California they use the McNaughton rule which says that to be declared insane, defendants must either not have known what they were doing at the time or not have realized their actions were wrong....   [tags: legal reform, McNaughton, mental health]
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The Insanity Defense - Each state, and the District of Columbia, has its own statute outlining the standard for determining whether a defendant is legally insane, therefore not responsible, at the time the crime is committed. “An insanity defense is based on the theory that most people can choose to follow the law; but a few select persons cannot be held accountable because mental disease or disability deprives them of the ability to make a rational / voluntary choice. Such individuals need special treatment as opposed to prison; punishment is not likely to deter future antisocial conduct of these mentally diseased individuals.” Retrieved on 5/25/2010 from http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/hinckley...   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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The Insanity Defense - ... Then Queen Victoria and the House of Lords got light of this case and strongly disapproved of the verdict. They then called fifteen judges of the common law courts. They answered a series of questions dealing with the law of insanity as applied in M'Naghten case. Their responses then established specific test to be applied by a jury in an insanity case. These processes became known as the M'Naghten Rule. (Lab, Williams, Halcomb, Burek , King & Buerger, 2013) Under the M'Naghten test of insanity a person was not criminally responsible if at the time of the crime, he did not know what the nature of the act was or that it was wrong....   [tags: code of hammurabi, good and evil test] 1139 words
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The Insanity Plea - Literature Review   The literature on the subject of the insanity defense spans ever since the controversy first became a topic to be discussed. The defense has been inscribed in the legal system for centuries; ever since the Greeks and the teachings of Plato. The current literature covers the spectrum from perception of both the offenders and the defense, to arguments both for and against abolition from our Twenty-First Century laws, as well as about the offenders and the victims. Insanity Defense   The defense of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI; now NCRMD or Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder) has been around since the times of the Greeks, ever since Plato’s La...   [tags: Criminal, Mental Health] 917 words
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The Insanity Defence, in Need of Reform? - Introduction 1. The concept of insanity and its possible use as a defence in the negation of criminal liability first appeared in R v Arnold. Tracy J put forward that if an offender is "totally deprived" of their "understanding and memory", then they should never be subject to punishment. The notion of criminal insanity was further developed in R v Hadfield. This case lead to The Criminal Lunatics Act 1800 being passed; to allow for the detention of insane individuals. 2. This report will concern itself, however, with the current law and it's efficacy for dealing with the 'insane'....   [tags: Negation of Criminal Liability, Current Law]
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History and Effectiveness of the Insanity Plea - In 1843, testifying that one is insane became a useful defense. When Daniel McNaughtan attempted to assassinate British Prime Minister Robert Peel, he failed. Instead, McNaughtan killed Peel's secretary but was found not guilty by reason of insanity at the trial. The United States criminal justice system quickly adopted this new law of not guilty by reason of insanity, established by the McNaughton Decision. Although he was found not guilty, McNaughtan spent twenty years in a mental asylum until his death....   [tags: Crime, Criminal Justice] 956 words
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The Validity of the Insanity Plea - Insanity, by its dictionary definition, is the derangement of the mind. (Dictionary.com) It is used in everyday context, when people say “You are insane for not doing your homework” or “ That traffic getting out of the game was insane last night!”. However the real definition, written by Columbia University Press states that “The term insanity is used chiefly in criminal law, to denote mental aberrations of defects that may relieve a person from the legal consequences of his or her acts” (Columbia University, Press)....   [tags: Justice, Law, Crime]
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Ill or Evil: The Insanity Defense - ... Also, because the jury claimed that she, at the time, knew exactly what she was doing and killed her children in cold blood. She was found guilty and the jury decided in lieu of the death penalty, she would receive a sentence of life in prison. The decision was overturned in a 2005 Texas Court of Appeals after a psychiatric witness for the prosecution admitted he lied about his testimony, falsifying that she got the idea from a Law and Order episode, and a new trial began. Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and was committed to a state hospital in Texas, where, more than likely, she will spend the rest of her life institutionalized....   [tags: law, psychiatric facility, mental disorder]
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Defense of the Insanity Defense - Defense of the Insanity Defense: John Hinckley Jr., Jeffery Dahmer, James Holmes, and Andrea Yates: all are perpetrators of violent crimes, and all claim insanity as the reason. In recent years, it seems that the verdicts of many major violent crimes have come down to whether the defendant is accountable for their actions or if they should be held Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). This verdict more commonly known as the Insanity Defense is often seen as a way for criminals to ‘get out’ of punishment for their crimes....   [tags: perpetrators of violent crimes]
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The Law and Insanity Defense - The insanity defense has been around for a very long time, the idea behind it is that a person who is incapable of telling right from wrong should not be held responsible for his or her actions at the time. Insanity is different from youth, and mental retardation in the fact that the person is capable on a regular basis of understanding right from wrong. The insanity defense is not something that can just be used at will, and instantly believed. Insanity must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that at the time the crime was committed, the offender was incapable of discerning right from wrong....   [tags: Mental Illnesses, Sex Offenders] 2120 words
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Automatism, Insanity and Diminished Responsibility - A defence in criminal law arises when conditions exist to negate specific elements of the crime: the actus reus when actions are involuntary, the mens rea when the defendant is unaware of the significance of their conduct, or both. These defences will mitigate or eliminate liability from a criminal offence. Insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility are examples of said defences. They each share characteristics but can be distinguished in their scope and application. Insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility all play a significant role in cases where the defendant’s mind is abnormal while committing a crime....   [tags: Diminished Responsibility Essays] 1568 words
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Legal System: The Insanity Defense - For centuries, one of the most controversial topics in the legal system has been the insanity defense. Some believe that this defense should stay, but many have the opposite opinion. Many of the arguments stemming from the public state that this defense is useless and does not belong in the legal system. The majority of the time, this opinion is formed based on a narrow view of high profile cases seen on the news without a sufficient amount of knowledge on the topic to have an educated opinion. Digging deeper into this subject shows that this defense deserves to remain in the legal system....   [tags: injustice, health and mental stability]
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History of a case of insanity - In life of Hamlet as represented by Shakespeare, have a full history of a case of insanity of a peculiar kind (Kellogg). Hamlet is important to this play because not only is he the main character but he is also the most aware person in the play. Even though, Hamlet may be one of the most aware people in the play there is a side to Hamlet that gets the best of him. “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane” By Philip K. Dick. Though Hamlet often demonstrates awareness; his mind ultimately succumbs to insanity, which brings about his tragic end....   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic play]
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Use of Insanity and Madness in Hamlet - It is or is it not true that Hamlet was faking his insanity. I’m not saying Hamlet was faking the whole thing. The meaning for insanity on Dictionary.com is “a permanent disorder of the mind.” I don't think Hamlet had a permanent disorder of the mind he knew what he was doing and even planned the majority of the events that happened. Most of the time anyway. Having your father die is bad enough, but to have your mother marry your uncle, within a few weeks of your father’s death. Then to see the ghost of your dead father....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]
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Insanity - “ The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success, “ as Bruce Feirstein would say. The insane are merely the ones who are not given their chance to change the world. They are, instead, locked away before society begins to take grip on the ravings of the mad man. Genius, on the other hand, is what is created when the insane are given their time to speak out. When Renfield began to address himself to the question he was confronted with, he did so with the utmost impartiality of the completest sanity....   [tags: Psychology] 905 words
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Insanity in A Rose for Emily - ... In the 17th century drugs like laudanum, unguents, opium grains were used as sedatives to ease the torment that mentally ill individuals would endure. At certain points in time, the mentally ill were housed in monasteries up until asylums were created and used to hold these individuals. A person’s insanity can often lead to them being judged and looked down upon by society because they can’t understand that their actions are not accepted in society. This statement is true in relation to the story, “A Rose for Emily”, in the story it is seen how the townspeople speculate about the strangeness of Emily and her family....   [tags: William Faulkner short story analysis]
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The Role of Insanity in 'Prophyria's Lover' - ... Once he knows that she is not ever going to leave his side, he takes control of her in the worst way possible, which is shown when the speaker says: That moment she was [his], [his], fair, Perfectly pure and good: [he] found A thing to do, and all her hair In one long yellow string [he] wound Three times her little throat around And strangled her. No pain felt she; [He is] quite sure she felt no pain. (36-42). He ends up strangling Prophyria with her own hair, which shows that he is now in control and she is not any longer....   [tags: Robert Browning, poem analysis]
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Love Is a Temporary Form of Insanity - ... I realized something else. I was weeping. From just around the corner, I could hear Asset’s quick, rhythmic grunts. I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran.”(Hosseini 139). Love let Hassan to run for the winning kite but in end did Hassan get the loved he deserved in return....   [tags: antigone, betrayal, destructive, love] 705 words
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The Connection Between Creativity and Insanity - In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman it takes place in the 19th century where dealing with mental disorders was as similar as dealing with any physical disorder. Paranoia was a very common mental disorder back in the 19th century. In fact, “Under the unerring scrutiny of the two bulbous eyes in the yellow wallpaper, the narrator passes through stages from concern to paranoia and, finally, to madness” (Bak P5). This quote shows her development in to madness by the creative description the narrator gave about the yellow wallpaper....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman]
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Insanity in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Hamlet Essay “I plead guilty by reason of insanity,” is Hamlet’s plea if he was sitting in a modern courtroom. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, it is evident that Hamlet himself is indeed out of his mind. The reader understands the reason for his anger and frustration, but how he “fixes” the situation is beyond a sane mind. To be fair, his madness deals more with emotional instability referred to as melancholy or madness than a person who is incoherent. Hamlet’s madness becomes clear in his actions and thoughts, in his erratic relationship with Ophelia, and in the murder of Polonius....   [tags: melancholy, depression, mood]
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Was Hamlet Faking His Insanity? - In Hamlet, he seems to be mad, but there is a question that everyone asks when reading or watching this play “was it, or was it not true that Hamlet was faking his insanity, really suffering, or maybe even both.” First, this is what insanity is: insanity is acting crazy, but not knowing that they’re acting crazy. Also, it’s going through a lot of stress at the same time causing you to act stranger then a normal person. Hamlet was not totally insane. It doesn’t fit. I’m not saying that Hamlet was faking the whole thing....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Willy Loman's Descent Into Insanity - Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman follows protagonist Willy Loman in his search to better his and his family’s lives. Throughout Willy Loman’s career, his mind starts to wear down, causing predicaments between his wife, two sons and close friends. Willy’s descent into insanity is slowly but surely is taking its toll on him, his job and his family. They cannot understand why the man they have trusted for support all these years is suddenly losing his mind. Along with his slope into insanity, Willy’s actions become more aggressive and odd as the play goes on....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Revenge, Insanity, Murder & Poe - Ending in death most foul, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” feature revenge and a painstaking cruelty. Pushed to the point of insanity and retribution sought over trivialities, the narrators tell each story by their own personal account. The delivery of their confessions gives a chilling depth to the crimes they have committed and to the men themselves. Both men are motivated by their egos and their obsessions with their offenders. Prompted by their own delusions, each man seeks a violent vengeance against his opposition in the form of precise, premeditated homicide....   [tags: Literature] 1330 words
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Insanity in The Yellow Wallpaper - It is often said that artists and writers are touched by a bit of madness, however it could also be said that madness comes from a lack of creativity. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells the story of a woman who is diagnosed with depression and I prescribed with the rest cure. After being left in solitude for a few weeks the narrator starts to go insane and takes her aggression out on the ugly wallpaper in her room. Creativity is a way to turn your thoughts and emotions into something concrete but, when someone is not allowed to be creative these ideas can turn a person mad....   [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, literary analysis]
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Homeless Problem: Stop the Insanity - Stop the Insanity “No vision haunts America’s conscience more then the sight of the street people….The irrationality and anguish that grip so many of these individuals leap out during any encounter, whether in Washington or Albuquerque.” - US Senator Pete Domenici, 1972-2009 People who live at poverty level and have mental disorders are more likely to become homeless. Unfortunately, police and emergency personnel are not always trained to evaluate mental illness. Hospitals do not treat homeless people for underlying conditions such as mental illness....   [tags: Homeless Shelter, Homelessness]
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Hamlet's Insanity; Real or Feigned - Hamlet returns to Denmark because of his father’s death. When returning he soon finds out his mother remarried to his uncle Claudius, who takes the throne and becomes king. Hamlet not fully recuperated from his father’s death finds it even more troubling to understand his mother’s remarriage. After seeing his father’s ghost, Hamlet plans to put on an anti-disposition. Although at first Hamlet acts crazy, he later becomes mentally unstable and wants to commit suicide. Ophelia too was insane, but she kept it to herself while Hamlet contemplated suicide....   [tags: denmark, claudius]
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Insanity Plea in Court - After committing a crime a criminal will sit in a cell and wait for a court date. During this time period the alleged criminals will be consulting with their attorney plotting out what will be said and how they should plea. Most go to court and plead not guilty; few plead guilty, and out of all the court cases only one percent plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Pleading insanity would mean at the time of the defendants actions he or she could not judge wrong from right. The actual term for pleading insane is as stated, “A defense asserted by an accused in a criminal prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime because, at the time of the crime, the person did not appreci...   [tags: Debate Issue, Consequences]
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Insanity/Automatism Defense in Court - A defence in criminal law arises when conditions exist to negate specific elements of the crime: the actus reus when actions are involuntary, the mens rea when the defendant is unaware of the significance of their conduct, or both. These defences will mitigate or eliminate liability from a criminal offence. Insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility are examples of said defences. They each share characteristics but can be distinguished in their scope and application. Insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility all play a significant role in cases where the defendant’s mind is abnormal while committing a crime....   [tags: Crime, Criminal Law] 1062 words
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Abusing the Insanity Defense - ... Insanity how requires the defendant to prove he or she is mentally ill. When the defendants were stating their case they were a result of mentally ill. They were not accepting their crime of how wrong it was. This is to know the right from wrong. The case of Mr. Weinstein was that he strangled his wife and made it seem like it was suicide by throwing her out of a twelve floor apartment. The lawyer told judge that his brain was a spider web and this caused him to do violence he supposedly did not know....   [tags: drunk drivers don't know better]
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The Drive Towards Insanity - The descent into madness is never a pretty road to travel. The journey involves multiple paths which are staggered into twists, turns, a fork in the road, and sometimes a glimmer of hope before reaching complete insanity. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” is one such story of a man who has stepped fully into the realm of madness. The end result of the narrator’s actions due to his mental state involve the maltreatment of his beloved pets, the hanging of his prized cat, and the eventual murder of his caring wife....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Feminism, Insanity or Both - The unnamed narrator finds herself trapped within a large room lined with yellow wallpaper and hidden away from all visitors by her husband-physician John. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a summer spent in the large ancestral hall to find healing through rest turns into the manic changes of her mind. The overbearing nature of her husband inspires a program designed to make her better; ironically, her mind takes a turn for the worse when she believes the wallpaper has come to life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Insanity Plea - John Hinckley’s trial ended in 1982 with the verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. About a year before, Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan because he was infatuated with the famous actress Jodie Foster. He thought shooting Reagan would impress her and lead her to fall in love with him. After the verdict was announced, the public responded with dismay because they felt as though Hinckley should pay for what he had done. Following the uproar, the United States revised and limited the insanity plea with the hopes that fewer people would use it or actually receive the verdict (Hans)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Insanity Defense - In 1997, Jesse Ernst and his older brother Ted went on a crime spree throughout the Bigfork area. The brothers burglarized several homes that year, and in one instance killed a neighbor when he attempted to intervene. Both brothers were sentenced to life in prison, however in an appeal Jesse was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect. Instead of spending life in prison, he was released from a mental hospital after only one year of treatment and is now “working, planning to become a missionary, and ‘doing very well’ according to his lawyer, Phyllis Quatman” (Sabol)....   [tags: Law]
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Ciminal Insanity - “A judge's ruling today that an Irvington babysitter who stabbed her 5-year-old nephew 57 times is not guilty by reason of insanity was followed by screams of agony from the dead child's father.” (Juri, 2009) This woman will be locked up, but in a maximum security psychiatric facility not a prison. Is this just. Is this fair. It may be. What if this woman did not know that the child was what she was stabbing. What if she saw a dog that was attacking her, or maybe she was even farther removed from reality....   [tags: Judicial Criminal System]
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Hamlet's Insanity - Riddled with ambiguity by its very nature, the text of William Shakespeare's Hamlet has been a commonly debated subject in literary circles since its first performance. The character Hamlet undergoes intense physical and emotional hardship in his quest for revenge against his despicable uncle. This hardship, some argue, leads to an emotional breakdown and, ultimately, Hamlet's insanity. While this assessment may be suitable in some cases, it falls short in others. Since Hamlet is a play, the ultimate motivation of each of the characters borrows not only from the text, but also from the motivations of the actors playing the parts....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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The Insanity Of Hamlet - In William Shakespeare?s Hamlet, Hamlet leads an antic disposition that causes his downfall and leads him to insanity. His antic disposition affects his judgment, destroys relationships and creates a belief that he is truly mad. Throughout the play, Hamlet is consumed with anger which causes him to act through emotion and without reason. Hamlet?s main goal is to avenge the death of his father but, his actions to do so are hindered because of the irrational decisions he has made through the antic disposition he has put on....   [tags: essays research papers] 1534 words
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Definition of the Word "Insanity" in Various Contexts - ... New art movement named Modernism affected the meaning of the insanity, and it started to refer a new ideology; this made the word insanity attract the attention. Artists started to interpret insanity; thus it became widespread with new art works in all around the world. “While Modernism was dwindling, insanity started to lose its importance” (Thomson). Insanity goes through all of these processes; therefore it is impossible to ignore the entire story behind the word “insanity” in art. People, who don’t ignore this, preferred to use insanity by this way, and that created significant differences between them and other people....   [tags: Meaning, Interpretation, Mental] 1090 words
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The Standard for Insanity - "The Standard for Insanity" Since Pat Barker's Regeneration is set in a mental hospital, it seems fitting that questions about mental disease and the definition of sanity should be raised. At the very start of the book, Rivers and Bryce are discussing the case of Siegfreid Sassoon, a dissenting officer of the British army. As they discuss his diagnosis of "neurasthenia," Barker is laying the groundwork for one of Regeneration's many themes: no one is completely qualified to judge the sane from the insane, for insanity finds its way into us all....   [tags: Barker Regeneration Essays]
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The Definition of Insanity as it Relates to Criminal Offences - The insanity defense is a defense asserted by an accused in a criminal prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime because, at the time of the crime, the person did not appreciate the nature or quality or wrongfulness of the acts. The insanity defense is used by criminal defendants. The most common variation is cognitive insanity. Under the test for cognitive insanity, a defendant must have been so impaired by a mental disease or defect at the time of the act that he or she did not know the nature or quality of the act, or, if the defendant did know the nature or quality of the act, he or she did not know that the act was wrong....   [tags: Criminal Justice ] 531 words
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The Reality of Insanity - The development of the world has lots of good advantages for men; but besides all these it has also bad effects, too; as the illnesses and most importantly the mental illnesses. As the centuries go on our responsibilities get much harder and this causes stress and some other mental diseases, too, to some people and this makes a danger; but I'm not talking about the ones who are consciously in mental hospitals. The main idea is that, we call the people who are in these hospitals insane; but maybe they are saner than the ones who are out in the society because the ones who are consciously in these hospitals are the ones who are aware of them and willing to be healed....   [tags: Philosophy] 768 words
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The Legal System Worldwide and The Insanity Defense - ... Overall they proved that the public overestimates the use of the insanity defense in murder cases. They also overestimate the proportion of those who are getting acquittals and those who get free back to the community. On the contrary, the public underestimates the hospitalization and the time these people get convicted. This study concludes that social media usually present the advantages that the defendants of the insanity plea might get and cases of mentally ill people who committed a violent crime....   [tags: mental disease, overuse, criminals] 2520 words
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Is The Current Law Defense of Insanity Ineffective? - INTRODUCTION In this project, I will consider whether the current law defence of insanity is ineffective, out-dated and in need of reform. I will do so by considering few criticisms of the insanity defence under the M’Naghten rules by academics like Peter Blood and others, as well as by reviewing possible law reform in the Insanity and automatism Scoping paper. My main aim is to uncover particular parts of the law which urgently need a reform such as sleepwalking, diabetes and the distinction between external and internal factors, by comparism of the contrasting leading cases....   [tags: balance of probability, reasonable doubt] 1779 words
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Andrea Yates and The Evolution of Insanity Defense - The criteria for insanity has changed due to the different criminal cases that people are faced with and there isn’t a fine line between sanity and insanity. From what I have researched, I find that there could be a fine line drawn between sanity and insanity. My criterion for insanity is for a person not to know the difference between right and wrong. My criteria matched well with the M’Naghten Rule which states, “Defendant either did not understand what he or she did, or failed to distinguish right from wrong, because of a ‘disease of mind’” (Reuters, Para....   [tags: disorder, syndrome, pyschotic disorder]
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Insanity: A Separation between the Ordinary and the Extraordinary - The idea that all men fall into two categories, the ordinary and the extraordinary, plays a vital role in Crime and Punishment. This theory is what drives the plot and begins Raskolnikov's action of murder. The idea that "a crime is always accompanied by illness," (259) is demonstrated in Crime and Punishment’s characters. Even without crime insanity is accompanied by illness. At times appearing utterly mad, the superior are exceptionally self-controlled. Insanity, in this novel, separates those who can transgress from those who cannot....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Crime and Punishment] 1315 words
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Fear is Insanity and Destruction: Lord of the Flies - What is insanity. Insanity can be described in different ways and as different things. It can be either as simple as something that is foolish or as serious as being either unstable or without a sense of mind. In simpler terms, insanity is the idea of being insane and crazy. Insanity is obsession with something that isn’t understood. When something either isn’t understood or isn’t logical, it is feared. This fear overcomes humanity, thus driving humanity to insanity. Destruction is the act of causing so much damage to something, that it is no longer repairable....   [tags: Golding, literature, psychology]
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Insanity as a Weapon in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... Not only did old Hamlet’s death play a part in Hamlet’s “antic disposition” (I.iv.192), but so did his mother and uncle. Their incestuous marriage is what brings us to Hamlet’s first soliloquy, “O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt.” (I.ii.133-164). His words are full of disgust with his mother and uncle’s marriage. Hamlet’s disgust leads him to referring to his mother as a “beast” (I.ii.154), meaning she is a creature of no morals or reasoning. This then furthers his desire for revenge....   [tags: revenge, death, poison]
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Hamlet: Unchecked Passion is The Bridge to Insanity - Nathanial Emmons once said, “Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.” As the most dominant and intelligent species on this planet, humanity exists in all types of environments and cultures, but if there is one thing all of mankind shares, it is our capacity for madness. What is it exactly that drives all men and women to a point so few are willing to cross. The answer as many might guess is clearly our emotions. Emotions are the byproduct of our situation and interactions with the world, and the way we respond to a particular situation may be influenced by our emotions....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Feigned Insanity in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - True insanity cannot be controlled but feigned insanity is easily controlled in order to manipulate other people. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet pretends that he is insane to trick King Claudius and his company while in fact, he is not at all mad. Hamlet admits his trick that he trying to pull as well as both Polonius and Claudius, whom he is trying to deceive, admit that at some points, it seems as though Hamlet is simply pretending to be mad. While Hamlet tricks many people, it is often evident that he is clearly not mad but instead completely of sane mind that he is using to trick the king and his company....   [tags: deceived, skeptical, madness]
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The Republics Fiscal Insanity: Repercussions and Antidotes - As Albert Einstein once wrote, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This seems to be the federal governments view on deficit spending. Their continued assertion they can spend their way to fiscal prosperity discounts the impact it will have on the future of this great nation, and most importantly, the financial strain it will place on future generations (Kotlikoff & Burns, 2005). Benjamin Franklin said it best, when he stated “when the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the Republic.” This is the situation we find ourselves in today with a government accommodating the wants of pro-en...   [tags: balanced budget, government]
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The Insanity Plea - The Insanity Plea The insanity plea is a poor excuse for serious lawbreakers, and should have no bearing in the sentencing of criminals. All criminal cases today have three ways in which a defendant can plea. Guilty, not guilty, or Insanity. The word insane is a legal term. Because research has identified many different mental illnesses of varying severities, it is now too simplistic to describe a severely mentally ill person merely as insane. The federal law states that insanity is a fair defense if " at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the defendants as a result of sever mental disease or defect was unable to appreciate the nature and quality of the wrong...   [tags: Papers] 1150 words
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The Insanity Defense - The Insanity Defense Former U.S president Ronald Reagan was shot by a man named John Hinckley in the year 1981. The president along with many of his entourage survived the shooting despite the heavy infliction of internal and external injuries. The Hinckley case is a classic example of the 'not guilty by reason of insanity' case (NGRI). The criminal justice system under which all men and women are tried holds a concept called mens rea, a Latin phrase that means "state of mind". According to this concept, Hinckley committed his crime oblivious of the wrongfulness of his action....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Is Insanity Normal? - Is Insanity Normal. Works Cited Missing We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad -The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Have you ever questioned your sanity. Have you ever wished you could change, for even one day, and be the person that others wanted you to be. Have you ever actually made that change, either by choice or by force. Do you think you’re normal. Maybe you’ve lived the most normal life you could imagine. Or maybe not. Maybe you’re life is so abnormal and outrageous that you don’t wish to be normal....   [tags: Mental Illness Insane Crazy Norm essays] 3463 words
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Falling into Insanity - Falling into Insanity As readers of great novels, we are continuously examining and explaining the actions and thoughts of characters. Are we the only ones. Or do the characters actually analyze their own thoughts and actions as we do. In Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, the protagonist, Werther, tells the story of his love for Lotte and the ensuing hardships through letters to his friend and confidante, Wilhelm. Through various situations and excerpts from his letters, we see Werther simply gliding through life, not pondering the motivations for his thoughts and actions, or even questioning his own state-of-mind; the effects of this lack of self-awareness negatively affect him and e...   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Insanity in Hamlet - Hamlet: A look Inside the Insanity Many people have seen Hamlet as a play about uncertainty and about Hamlet's failure to act appropriately. It is very interesting to consider that the play shows many uncertainties that lives are built upon, or how many unknown quantities are taken for granted when people act or when they evaluate one another's actions. Hamlet is an especially intriguing production, both on the set and on the screen because of its uniqueness to be different from what most people expect to be in a revenge themed play....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1572 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity and Hamlet - Hamlet and Insanity   The following five paragraphs will cover the point of: What is insainity. How does Hamlet tie in with insainity. What or who is the cause of insainity. While I try to overcome these questions to tackle the true answers, you will be thinking and deciding for yourself if Hamlet is "insane" or not. What does insainity. The Webster's New World Dictionary--Third College Edition defines it as "mentally ill or deranged; demented; mad; senseless." My defintion is not as cruel as the dictionary's definition....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 583 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet and Insanity - Hamlet and Insanity          William Shakespeare’s supreme tragic drama Hamlet does not answer fully for many in the audience the pivotal question concerning the sanity of Hamlet – whether it is totally feigned or not. Let us treat this topic in detail, along with critical comment.   George Lyman Kittredge in the Introduction to The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, explains the prince’s rationale behind the entirely pretended insanity:   In Shakespeare’s drama, however, Hamlet’s motive for acting the madman is obvious....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity within Hamlet - Insanity within Hamlet         Let us explore in this essay the real or feigned madness of the hero in William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet.   Critical opinion is divided on this question. A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy staunchly adheres to the belief that Hamlet would cease to be a tragic character if he were really mad at any time in the play (30). On the other hand, W. Thomas MacCary in Hamlet: A Guide to the Play maintains that the prince not only feigns insanity but also shows signs of true insanity:   Hamlet feigns madness but also shows signs of true madness) after his father’s death and his mother’s overhasty remarriage; Ophelia actually does go mad after he...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity - Hamlet: The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity         Shakespeare, through his intricate uses of symbolism and dramatic irony, arranges a brilliantly detailed account of how Hamlet's mental upheaval served as the driving force of Ophelia's  swelling insanity  and imminent suicide.  He floods the early acts with an impending sense of confusion within Ophelia, for her feelings toward hamlet greatly contrast those of her brother and father.  Ophelia begins to willingly take heed of her family's advice as the prince finds himself removed from a lucid pattern of thought....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 833 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity in Hamlet - Insanity in Hamlet         A consideration of the madness of the hero Hamlet within the Shakespearean drama of the same name, shows that his feigned madness sometimes borders on real madness, but probably only coincidentally.   Hamlet’s conversation with Claudius is insane to the latter. Lawrence Danson in “Tragic Alphabet” describes how Hamlet’s use of the syllogism is pure madness to the king:   What Hamlet shows by his use of the syllogism is that nothing secure can rest on the falsehood that masquerades as the royal order of Denmark....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Differences of Insanity, Automatism and Diminished Responsibility - There are two theories that justify punishment: retributivism according to which punishment ensures that justice is done, and utilitarianism which justifies punishment because it prevents further harm being done. The essence of defences is that those who do not freely choose to commit an offence should not be punished, especially in those cases where the defendant's actions are involuntary. All three of these defences concern mental abnormalities. Diminished responsibility is a partial statutory defence and a partial excuse....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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A History of the Treatment of Insanity - A History of the Treatment of Insanity Over the course of history, insanity has been subjected to a wide variety of treatments. Attempts to cure the mentally ill or simply relieve "normal" society of the problems caused by insanity have ranged from outright cruelty to higher degrees of humanity in today's society. This paper gives a brief overview of insanity--its believed causes and subsequent treatments--from primitive times up to the nineteenth century. There are two known traditions for diagnosis and treatment of mental illness: spiritual/religious and naturalistic/scientific....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Should the “Insanity Defense” be Abolished in the Remaining 45 States? - The America we know and live in has a group of people above us who seek justice and what is best for the citizens. This is our government, since its founding, they has promised to protect us and to have its best interests at heart. Somethings in our system are debatable while other should remain just the way they are. Insanity defense is one topic that is often argued much about because of its moral concern. Should a person committing a crime go straight to jail or receive treatment if they have a mental disease....   [tags: Justice System ]
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