Girl, Interrupted is a movie about a young lady named Susanna who is institutionalized after having taken aspirin with a bottle of vodka. In this reflection, I shall highlight notable scenes in the movie, which illustrate important sociological concepts and themes. The first scene that caught my attention was when Susanna was admitted. The administrative staff is processing her papers then asks for her signature:
The subject of the novel, Alaska, stated multiple times in the first half of the book that she was “a deeply unhappy person” however prior to her death this did not raise any red flags to her friends. This leads the narrator to begin the search to find answers that may satisfy his inquiry about her death. I like many other people have at some point suffered from depression, either related to family trouble or just typical teenage melancholy. Regardless life is not perfect and there will be struggles that everyone will have to overcome at some point. This book has really opened my eyes to a few possible answers that one may choose.
Girl, Interrupted is a movie that is meant to portray multiple different mental illnesses and how they affect a person’s life along with others. It portrays illnesses that affect mood, eating, and thought processes. At the beginning of the movie, Susanna tried to kill herself with Aspirin and Vodka, but claims she had a headache, and was rushed to the hospital. The therapist she met with 4 days after her incident referred her to Claymoore, a psychiatric hospital, to treat her depression. Right as Susanna moved in, she got cornered by Lisa, because Susanna took her best friends place in the room.
That is the case for Lady Macbeth as her persuasion is the key to Duncan’s death, and her persuasion is the key to Macbeth’s ruin as her own ambition leads to Macbeth’s overconfidence. The usage of her persuasion is apparent through her use of rhetoric when Macbeth is questioning whether to go ahead with killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth questions, “Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would?” (I, ii, 44). She attacks Macbeth by calling him a coward automatically persuading him that he needs to complete the task.
She loved him so much and she was scared to death of losing him. In her mind at the moment, it seemed fit to kill the man. This was a violence that was shown through love and fear of being alone. Although, I think compromise would’ve turned out as a great Plan A before she killed
Macbeth feels that he is the true murderer but as seen in Lady Macbeth's tortured state after, it presents compelling evidence for her role in it all. She questions her inability to not get the “blood” of her hands, “What, will these hands never be clean?” (5.1.37) and goes on to exclaim that no matter what, no amount of “all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten (her) hand” (5.1. 43). Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking and need to get rid of the blood by washing her hands is ironic considering what she said to Macbeth right after the murder, “Go get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hands” (2.2. 49-50). In the end, Lady Macbeth is oblivious to the switched roles and the revelation of who is truly to blame as her drives her to
This is the way to deal Jason the deepest wound.'' (Euripides,227). This shows that she believes that by killing her children, she will basically ruin Jason's life, effectively getting her revenge. When asked about killing her children, she replies "So it must be. No compromise is possible."
In “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, Mary Maloney is not the innocent wife of Patrick Maloney as she seems to be; but instead, is a woman, capable of murder. Mary was tired of being treated like a second class citizen when it came to Patrick. For instance, when Patrick Maloney was giving his wife one-word answers like, “yes”, or “I’m tired”, it hurt Mary.
Ambition or murder? Lady Macbeth’s ambition and her desire to become the queen is the driving force behind Duncan and her husband’s demise. This can be seen in her decision to act upon the prophecy, her questioning of Macbeth’s manhood when he was unwilling to kill Duncan and the fact that she was the one guilty for coming up with a plan to murder Duncan.
Nevertheless, some might still argue that Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for Duncan’s killing, as she is the one who manipulated him into the act. As Macbeth contemplates on whether to kill or not to kill, Lady Macbeth says, “Art thou afeard… Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live like a coward?” (I vii 39-43). It is seen that Lady Macbeth challenges her husband’s judgment and manliness.
Mrs. Clymer denies symptoms of depression at this current time, however some symptoms are expressed. Mrs. Clymer expressed feelings of worthlessness, irritability, sadness, and anhedonia. Mrs. Clymer reports a history of depression. She reports no current outpatient services.
So, how do you get in there? Kaysen tells us her story of how she attempted suicide and her personality disorder. She starts the chapter with her feelings on suicide. She believes that it is a form of premeditated murder and that it is an organized planned act. Her thoughts during the time she attempted suicide were that she needed a motive and she had to practice detaching herself from the world by imagining herself dying.
I think the most interesting thing about the article was that some of the patients in the mental institutions could detect that the pseudo-patients were sane. It’s really astonishing how doctors who are supposed to be experts couldn’t even tell the difference between their sane and insane patients. However, even though the pseudo-patients acted as they normally would, the staff didn’t detect their sanity. The patients were diagnosed as schizophrenic in remission instead.
Be yourself! That is what I learned when I read the story Stargirl after comprehending the theme of staying true to oneself. In the novel Stargirl, the main character Stargirl came to Mica Area High School as a person whose personality was different from everyone else's. She refused to conform with the rest of her peers, which completely inspired me to not hide my true self at school. After reading this story, it seemed better for not only Stargirl but also the rest of the people in her life for Stargirl to remain true to herself and stay different.
The Skeleton Cupboard is a novel that is written by Tanya Byron, who is a clinical psychologist, and is a fictional/ truthful account of her journey in becoming a clinical psychologist. This journey is told through the stories of the people she met on clinical placements, both patients and staff. However as she tells us in the introduction and again in the epilogue, the people she describes are fictional, but inspired by the real people that she came into contact with. An idea that she touches on throughout the book is the division between abnormal and normal and is there really a division. The first instance on which this is touched on is a debate between whether someone suffering from mental illness should be referred to as a patient or a client.