Schizophrenia In Amy Bloom's Silver Water

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Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation. In Silver Water, by Amy Bloom, Rose has a mental disorder and the story is about her journey and her family during her treatment .The story is told by Violet, Roses younger sister. She talks about their time in therapy. In Silver Water, Bloom uses certain objects to show that people with mental disorders can be normal and not just a disease. In the first paragraph of the story, Violet, talks about how her and her sister went to see…show more content…
At one point, she started banging her head on the ground and pushed her mom. “Someone had broken the piano bench into five neatly stacked pieces and placed them where the piano bench usually was.” (pg 93) Rose gave up after Dr. Thorne died. When she broke the piano bench, it showed that. Violet came home that weekend and was helping her Dad garden and only when she went inside did she realize how bad it was. Rose and her mom came back from the lake and when they told Rose to go change pants because they were wet, she went off. She started banging her head on the ground and her mom tried to stop her she pushed her off. Violet threw herself under her Roses head so she would hit her head on her stomach instead of on the floor. Rose stopped as soon as Violet did that and apologized. “She knelt down and began banging her head on the kitchen floor with rhythmic intensity, throwing all her weight behind each attack.” (pg 94) This was the point in the story you realize how horrible Roses disease is. That night Rose snuck out and took Seconal and overdosed. The music had died inside of Rose. She couldn't turn to music anymore to keep her sane. The broken piano bench showed that the music had died within her. Dr. Thorne dying also was a big factor. He kept Rose sane also, and when he died she had no one to turn

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