In Neal Shusterman’s novel Challenger Deep, the protagonist, Caden goes from denial of his mental illness to acceptance. Caden starts off holding a deep distrust in others. He’s constantly suspicious of the majority of the population. Even his own parents are not spared from these thoughts of wariness. Whenever his growing odd behavior is brought to his attention by others, he becomes defensive, angry, and refuses to acknowledge that anything is wrong with him. He hallucinates that the world around him is an adventure out at sea. By the end of the novel he accepts his mental illness, and that he needs help. He comes to the realization that he actually isn't at sea, and instead, he’s in a hospital. Eventually,
Many individuals say that a person is a product of its surroundings. And for two young men from Baltimore, this could not be any more accurate. In “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore, the author talks about two young boys who shared the same name and the contributions they did in their lives that made them turn out the way they are. Both Wes’ grew up in similar environment with tough childhood and without the presence of a father. Where one becomes very successful and a Rhodes Scholar, and the other is heavily involved in the drug game and receives a life sentence in prison for serving a part in a murder of a former police officer. This book is a major example of how certain decisions can affect one’s life. Both Wes’ had similar lives, yet they ended up in different paths. There are few factors why they ended up having different paths and those factors are; parental support and figures, the environment style, and the social influences.
In Ordinary People by Judith Guest, we have 3 main characters Conrad, Beth, and Calvin. Conrad is the protagonist, Beth is Conrad's mother, and Calvin is Conrad's Father. They all have different personalities which I feel like I can relate to. Conrad is anti-social, is dealing with some type of depression, and sometimes he has outbursts of anger. Calvin tends to blame himself for everything, he worries too much, and can be overprotective. Beth doesn’t let herself feel, she is a perfectionist, and cares about what people will think.
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. Meanwhile, Calvin tries to keep his family tightly knit, despite his own emotions of helplessness and guilt. Consequently, The movie ends with Beth leaving her family, an event that could have been evaded through conflict management. The
The year 1976 marked the creation of the novel Ordinary People, in which Judith Guest conceptualizes the psychological struggles of the Jarret family after the death of the eldest son, Buck (Guest, 1976). Some years later in 1980, Robert Redford would use her work to debut his directorial career with the cinematic depiction of this novel, and in doing so, he brings the significance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to the attention of the public (Redford, 1980). Although no expressed clinical diagnosis is presented, after having scrutinized the film twice, it’s evident a proper preliminary diagnosis for Conrad’s symptoms are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (309.81 (F43.10)) and comorbid Major Depressive Disorder (296.23 (F32.2) with melancholic features), as well as Z63.8 (high expressed emotion level within family).
A regular fifteen-year-old boy might be worried about homework or a sporting event. Theo, on the other hand, faces much more difficult and mature conflicts after the unfortunate death of his mother. Theo deals with differing opinions on his living situations, his poor excuse of a father, and his internal struggle for what is right.
This novel is set in 1912. Turner Buckminster, the son of Reverend Buckminster (preacher in Phippsburg, Maine), has just moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Phippsburg, Maine and is constantly being teased for simple misunderstandings, not to mention being automatically disliked by the boys of Phippsburg for playing baseball differently than the “cool” boys do. Turner meets a girl, Lizzie Bright Griffin, befriends her, despite his difficulty with social situations. Turner has to save Lizzie’s family and friends before they all must leave Malaga Island. But that means standing up to the authorities, including Turner’s Father. Turner has to gain self confidence and he learns to stand up for
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”-Maya Angelou. This quote applies to everyone who has experience pain or tragedy throughout their lives. In Ordinary People, the protagonist Conrad Jarrett, has gone through a lot after the death of his elder brother, Jack Jarrett. He attempts suicide and it looks like he will not come back from the depths of depression. It look as if there is no return. In the book, Ordinary People, written by Judith Guest, the character Conrad Jarrett shows that courage is needed to practice any other virtue such as, optimism, bravery and perseverance.
Other People’s Words, written by Victoria Purcell-Gates, is a captivating story about an Appalachian family who are poorly educated. Jenny, the mother, is determined to give her child, Donny the best education that he can receive, even though she cannot read. She fights for justice in Donny’s school because he is not learning and the teachers still push him to the next grade level. Purcell-Gates meets a committed Jenny, who offers tutoring to both her and Donny. This tutoring continues for over two years in which both learn basic skills. Although Jenny grows in her learning and is able to read street signs, she still relies on others for help. While Jenny was growing in her reading and writing skills, Donny was uninterested in learning how
It is about during this time when Frank confides in Tub about his decision to leave his wife for another woman; but, this “woman” that Frank has become so fixed on abandoning his wife for is only fifteen years old. However, neither age nor the damage to his happy family are worrying Frank. He, on the other hand, has only one thing in mind: living happily ever after with his teenage babysitter, Juliet Miller. In simple terms, Frank is not acknowledging the consequences that will come about if he were to go through with this act. Frank is not even thinking about how much this decision will impact his children. Thus, Frank is paying more attention to his wants and needs, rather than paying more attention to his children. He is a very selfish person. In the end, Wolfe shows his arrogant behavior in society through this short story. The selfishness of the characters is a representation of humanity given that people are motivated to do more for themselves than for others. In this day in age, the populations of the world seem to have become overtaken by the concepts of power, money, and beauty. In other words it has come to the point where people are more likely to do something for someone else if they receive something in return; in basic terms, society is enormously self-seeking and Tobias Wolfe emphasizes that message through his story, particularly when he kills off Kenny at the end. In this fictional work, Kenny was the least egotistical character,
In Ordinary People, the reader understands the character of Beth through the point of view of the characters Calvin and Conrad. This novel is written in the third-person omniscient point of view to connect between both Con and Cal’s thoughts and actions. The author, Judith Guest, focuses deeply on perspective. The book never presents us with thoughts, feelings, and impulses of the character Beth but is given thoughts about what Cal and Conrad think of her and through dialogue. Throughout the novel, the characters are gaining perspective on themselves and everyone around them. The experience’s that Con and Cal have been through affect how they view people and how they don’t see the big picture.
The characters that i like best in this book the outsiders was ponyboy, johnny and sodapop these characters were brave and showed love and affection to each other the boys stayed by each others sides the most and these three boys never really had any arguments ponyboy was the
What is ordinary? Ordinary could mean different things for different families or even different people. In the story “Ordinary People” written by Judith Guest. A family faces a challenge of a suicidal son and the loss of another son. A normal family would be portrayed as dad goes to work
As a child Beth was not raised by your typical mom, she was raised by a dictator. Beth’s mother ruled the house, the children, and her husband. Her husband makes loads of money and never interfered with what she was doing to Beth. He is not the type of man