Analysis Of Silver Linings Playbook

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In the movie Silver Linings Playbook, by David O. Russel we meet Patrick Solitano Jr. who was a former high school teacher. After catching his wife cheating with the history teacher he viciously beats him and has to spend eight months in a mental hospital. After coming out of the mental hospital, Pat approaches life in a very different way. He is determined to get his ex-wife Nikki back, which he still refers to as his wife. Pat is also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression disorder. It’s a mental illness that causes individuals to experience shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behavior; from the highs of mania, to the lows of depression. For many years Pat’s focus has been on himself because it seemed like Nikki never loved him for the person he was. In the movie he also admits that they went into marriage with the goal of changing each other. Pat keeps insisting that’s normal. Pat meets this woman named Tiffany also has a lot of trouble. Her husband was killed, and after that she started living a lifestyle were she slept with a lot of guys because she blamed herself for her husbands death. With tiffany, it seems that Pat finds someone who first of all challenges him but also accepts him for who he is. Their relationship starts out a bit misleading because they fight like hell and we don’t see how the to of them could be friends. Tiffany knows Pat’s ex-wife Nikki and is willing to give her a letter from Pat if he agrees to help her with a dance
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