Storytelling is used as an aid to individuals that are faced with troubles due to guilt, addiction or grief. This is most evident in the eyes of Niska. When she is the narrator of the novel, she most often is telling stories to Xavier. On the surface, she uses stories from her past in order to fill the void that the war had created between herself and her nephew, but with deeper analysis, it is obvious that Niska is trying to use her stories to heal Xavier, “I will
Dawn’s collection of poems, especially the poem titled “Whole Messy Thing”, turn her everyday thoughts and feelings that come from living with depression into a powerful being, a form that has more power than a human. Sia released her confusion and frustration with her social anxiety and bipolar disorder into her songs. “Breathe Me” is written as a cry for help, focusing on the way mental illness makes you do things to yourself that are harmful and scary. Both writers are examples of how poetry acts as a way to open up in way that still protects the writer themselves. Their words are neither direct nor obvious, preventing everyone from entering their worlds yet providing the catharsis they need.
People on medications who suffer from mental illness may not feel like themselves, so many people fear of losing their selves. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes unusual and extreme shifts in a person’s functioning, mood and behavior further conveyed through erratic mood swings. However, the symptoms delusions of grandeur, and racing thoughts get in the way. It’s very important to be understood when dealing with a mental illness, furthermore remember to work out the manic episodes. The author, Adam Haslett, addresses a daily issue battling a disorder in the story “Notes to My Biographer”.
Her and her siblings are exposed to unideal living conditions and have to learn to take care of themselves, especially due to the fact that their father, Rex walls seems to suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness. Considering Rex Walls symptoms throughout the memoir are linked to having bipolar disorder, he was unpredictable. Jeannette and her sibling’s ability to be resilient despite their father’s bipolar disorder growing up are perfect examples of Max Lerner’s quote “the turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt” and has let them get far in life even with everything they had to
“Herbal” by Nalo Hopkinson can be interpreted in many ways. Some readers may presume that the story talks about anxiety and depression, while others say it is about drugs and possibly abuse. I believe that the story is about the main character, Jenny, and her life with an abusive partner. The story shows that a victim in an abusive relationship will always have feelings for their partner, even when the partner is no longer in his or hers life. There 's always that desire for the abusive partner because our human nature is to desire and be desired by someone.Even though the need to be with that special someone is toxic,there is always that need for the relationship.
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop,” a quote Confucius once wrote. The meaning behind this quote is found within Sylvia Plath’s award winning novel, The Bell Jar. The main character within Plath’s novel is on a journey to find herself and heal her mind,. Esther Greenwood suffers from a mental illness, depression, and is struggling to find “happiness. Symbolism is heavily used throughout Plath’s novel to emphasize a greater meaning behind Esther’s mental illness.
The fear of being haunted constantly lurks in the shadows of every individual’s life. Although the terrifying anxieties that result from being haunted can be obscured behind fabricated smiles and optimistic speculations, they are often exposed in human’s everyday nervous tendencies. In Markus Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, this concept of looming uncertainty plays a central role in the lives of all the characters as they navigate their way through Holocaust-era Germany. The narrator of the novel, Death himself, reveals the story of Liesel, a young girl living in a foster home on Himmel Street. As Liesel matures, she learns to read with her foster father, plays soccer with her friend Rudy, and finds friendship in a hidden Jewish man.
Memory is a thing of bewilderment. Memory not only creates a housing for memorizing a formula or book, but at its forefront good and bad memories, which can be accessed by the beholder at any time. In the novel Toby’s Room by Pat Barker, Elinor, one of the main characters, seems to be in a sort of crisis within her memory functions after she experiences mental distress from unfortunate experiences. The effect throughout the novel is that Elinor cannot have a clear perception of reality since she encounters and sometimes creates herself some kind of distortion like when she cannot escape her past by painting settings of her past, or even in some of her social experiences that ultimately leads to nostalgia. The representation of looking in
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s major concern is about life’s unexpected surprises and problems. In the story, Ikenna was thought to be dead for so long and came out alive and met James, his friend. Moreover, James encountered a lot more hardships in his life that represent the author’s personal experience and as well as to real people. According to Bellanaja, Adichie suffered from depression, just like an ordinary individual who feel miserable with their life, due to unsaid reasons. Also, it is said that she wrote an essay about depression because she wanted to help people in this way.
Coping by Blaming in The Bluest Eye In The Bluest Eye, Morrison creates dynamic and in-depth characters that keeps readers invested in the characters’ stories and the book overall. The characters in Morrison’s story have a lot of different circumstances in each of their lives. Most of the characters do not deal with the matters at hand and just blame others. Although, some of the particular issues in the story may not occur in normal everyday life, conflicts exist at any time frame and in everyone’s life. In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison uses characters such as Claudia, Cholly, and Soaphead to claim that individuals sometimes blame others as a coping mechanism when they are unhappy with themselves or their lives.