Conrad, the leading character in the drama Ordinary People, suffers from emotional crisis caused by the death of his older brother in a boat accident. Conrad believes that he is somehow responsible for this accident, and lives under the burden of guilt and depression. As a result, Conard often sees himself as unstable, outcast, and lost. As he recognizes it during one of his conversations with his doctor, he notices that other people see him as “a dangerous character”, and so he wants become more incontrol. Given his emotional disorders which were extreme enough for him to attempt suicide, his self-concept of ‘unstable’ is understandable.
Since Buck, Conrad’s brother, is dead, Conrad is feeling depressed seeing that the house is more empty now that Buck is gone. Conrad also shows deep depression in school when his teacher questions him asking, “Why are you writing all this about violence and war? Aren’t there other things you’d like to say, Conrad? This doesn’t sound like you.” (Guest 19).
He has suicidal urges all over again, but this time he fights them and frantically makes an emergency appointment with Dr. Berger. He shows up at his office in a broken state in the middle of the night. Conrad sobs uncontrollably and everything comes pouring out: the whole story of the night Buck died and how he blamed himself, his mother’s hatred for him, and how he was never good enough. Dr. Berger listens and holds him like a parent would hold a child and finally, Conrad begins to calm down. Through psychotherapy, Berger has allowed his client to work through his guilt, anger, and grief successfully in a painful and moving emotional battle.
The Jarret’s are perceived as a typical, perfect, ordinary family. The lives of these family members soon become anything but perfect, with the death of the eldest son and the suicide attempt of the other child. Conrad, the youngest son, has a very hard time dealing with the grief of his brother’s death, and ultimately tries to end his life. Conrad has a very difficult understanding that the death of his brother affects others too, making Conrad ultimately feel alone and insecure. In Judith Guest's Ordinary People, Conrad Jarrett learns to deal with recovery and hardship with the help of actions through learning that he’s not alone when he is depressed with the help and guidance of Lazenby and Dr. Berger.
In the novel, Ordinary People by Judith Guest, a family goes through the trials of trying to find normalcy after a tragedy strikes. Throughout the story you meet the Jarret family and watch as they progress through the everyday life and the challenges that come with it. Conrad Jarret is an ordinary 17-year-old boy living in Lake Forest, Illinois. Conrad is living with the burden of thinking he is at fault for his brother’s death and blaming himself for the family quandary’s. Conrad, by far, is the most interesting character for the reason that he unquestionably struggles to try to find what he defines as a “normal” life.
In the beginning, Conrad is hesitant to call Dr. Berger and when he finally does, he does not want to leave the doctor his number. This is a way of avoiding his problems. Another example is when he goes to see the doctor and Conrad will not tell him anything about what is wrong. Again he is avoiding talking about his feelings and emotions. One example of Conrad showing “violence” is when he barked at his mother to avoid the
Conrad constantly has flashbacks of the accident and he struggles to move past it. When Conrad tries to talk to his mother, he usually will mask what he actually means because he knows that she wants to avoid the topic of Buck’s death. Talking through the topic Conrad could have used effective listening to encourage his mother to converse with
Buck’s death made Conrad made him reevaluate his entire life. He withdrew himself from everyone, including friends and family which is a common traits according to Psych Guides. He really only opened up to Dr. Berger during their sessions. An example of him withdrawing is with Lazenby after the fight with Stillman. After a swim meet, Conrad overheard Stillman talking trash about Buck about how Conrad was brown nosing him.
Beth suppresses the thought that her family has problems, and just wants to think of her family as a normal family. Calvin wants to be the positive character, when in reality, is being silent about his feelings of the incident. First of all, the film shows Conrad expressing examples of silence and violence towards the incident involving his brothers death. As shown in the film, in the past, Conrad had previously tried to commit suicide, because he felt guilty
Calvin can not help but feel guilt for the death of their oldest son’s death while Beth copes differently and shows no emotion. Calvin Jarret is a loving father filled with worry after his son Conrad attempts to commit suicide. Calvin, unlike his wife, feels so many different emotions, but does not know what is the right emotions is to feel. He is a dynamic character who constantly struggles to please everyone because of how much love he has for each member of his family. One example of his failed attempts would be on Christmas Day, “Okay I’m concerned!
Ordinary People Lack of communication leads to much dysfunction. Ordinary People based on the book by Judith Guest revolves around the Jarrett family and their efforts to communicate. Conrad Jarrett, the son of Calvin and Beth Jarrett, struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt after the death of his brother in a boating accident. Additionally, Beth, who favored her older son, has isolated herself from Conrad. She distances herself emotionally, whilst trying to maintain the family’s idealistic reputation.
BRIEF ANALYSIS The use of various literary devices in Joseph Conrad’s novel helps to bring his story to life, which ultimately is to his advantage. Conrad brings the reader into the darkness, displayed the corruptibility of humankind and left them pondering the absurdity of evil and imperialism. One of the strongest literary devices that Conrad uses to engage the reader in his novella is the use of imagery. However other important literary devices that are used throughout the novel as well as in the extract above is: similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing, and symbolism and narrative techniques.
Conrad presents a critique of greed by illustrating how greed harms both the greedy and their victims. He frequently uses images of death and decay to make it apparent to the reader that greed is a cause of moral degradation. On the other hand, Dante does not illustrate the effects that greed has on the victims. Rather, he depicts the punishments that the greedy have to endure in the afterlife. In doing so, he presents a warning to the living against being greedy.
Ignorance of another's personal values or situation results in an impassable schism between the two parties. People fail to understand each other, and as such, they regard each other in lower lights. In “Heart of Darkness”, Joseph Conrad, through Marlow, writes his novella through a lense of ignorance and the perspective of the typical white person of the time in order to relate his story to the reader. Marlow and the accountant are contrasted with Kurtz to display the effects of evil on an individual.