Schizophrenia In Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

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What are some thoughts that come to mind when a person brings up the word schizophrenia? According to Ford-Martin, “Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder or group of disorders marked by disturbances in thinking, emotional responsiveness, and behavior” (2139). The character, Alice, from the film, Alice in Wonderland is a perfect example of schizophrenia, and the director, Tim Burton, further emphasizes the disorder by his use of film techniques. One characteristic of schizophrenia is delusions. According to Fallon, “The delusions of paranoid schizophrenics usually involve thoughts of being persecuted or harmed by others or exaggerated opinions of their own importance, but may also reflect feelings of jealousy or excessive religiosity” (2957). …show more content…

Labeling a person by his or her disorder is very harmful because the individual can take it really personal. A person with a disorder that is constantly labeled could end up making him or her feel isolated from others. Also, the person may end feeling abnormal or not the same as an average human due to being constantly reminded about the specific disorder. Therefore, rather than thinking negative about a person with a disorder people should try to find something positive instead. According to Berardinelli, “When she follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland, it is as much to escape from reality of her current situation as it to visit a new world” (1). If Alice finds treatment then she may find a better world to be in. Also, Alice is not the only person with a disorder. According to Dargis, “Mr. Depp’s strenuously flamboyant turn embodies the best and worst of Mr. Burton’s filmmaking tendencies even as the actor brings his own brand of cinematic crazy to the tea party” (3). Obviously, Alice is not the only person with mental issues based on this

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