What would you do if someone whom you love becomes addicted to heroin? Most people would try everything they can to take that person out of addiction. Others, learn to deal with it by making it a permanent part of their life. However, some people find alternative solutions to the problem. Likewise, in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, Sonny is able to replace his heroin addiction with music.
Addiction influenced authors to write with their own individuality and make it easier for them to explain themselves. Authors who suffer with addiction portray their own individuality through the books they write. In fact, those who struggle with addiction “are more likely to have poor interpersonal relationships, live alone, have higher levels of aggression and impulsivity, and have an overall negative outlook on life” (Effects of Alcoholism on Behavior). An example of an author who suffers with addiction is F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was addicted to alcohol. Fitzgerald reflected his own addiction of alcohol to the characters that exist within The Great Gatsby.
His soliloquy could be seen as an out of body moment from a minor overdose on adrenalin and he gives the quote in a sort of fevered state in order to justify his actions. This quote could also be a look into the fragile mental state that Ferris tries to hide through his constant chase of his desired high. When trouble starts to close in on Ferris his primal instincts took control and he snapped mentally and broke the fourth wall and looked to the audience to help himself rationalize the choices that he made. In an article about the connection between a lack of sleep and self-control the Meldrum stated, “This resource [self-control] is analogous to a muscle in the sense that its strength can be depleted but also replenished from rest and strengthened from practice” (Meldrum 1). This quotation means that although he is in a state of lack of self-control at the moment that does not mean that he is always that way, there could be a day where he sleeps better or more restfully and then he is a normal, functioning member of society.
“Out on Bail” explores the mind of the narrator as he exhibits signs of a dissociative disorder through a theme of duality, evident in the traditional literary device of the mirror and similarities of routine. Also, the relationships made and confusion surrounding them contribute to the conclusion he has created an alter ego. The narrator killing off Hotel is essential to an acceptance of reality. Fuckhead does suffer from survivor’s guilt as it is difficult to let go of Hotel. Letting go of Hotel was not a cure all as he still faced a long road ahead, but was an essential step in his recovery.
The mediocre existence that Paul lives pushes him to pursue the addictive nature of art even more. He attains instant gratification from music, paintings, and theater but ultimately never finds true satisfaction from the arts. Paul’s happiness that he experiences is just an illusion because he does not truly understand what he is seeing or hearing. Like a true addict, Paul only wants a quick fix and consumes art as easily and fast as he can. He does not take the time to learn about art because of his need for immediate satisfaction.
He spends his life trying to stray away from his vices, trying to take a step towards a stable and happy life but due to his mental instability and impulsive actions, can never stray from that. There is a lack of connection between Perry’s wants and desires and his actions. Perry Smith is a mentally ill man with a sinister disposition, that without a therapist or any form of treatment, is reckless and loose in a world where murder can be as simple as a gentle pull of an index finger. Perry Smith could be a good person but buried in his illness, only glimmers of the kinder parts of his soul shown through periodically. The contradictory nature of Perry Smith and battle between good and bad throughout the novel is what makes him the protagonist.
Sonny 's Blues is about the ongoing pain of brotherhood and how an addiction can quickly transform into wanting to reconcile and reconnect. It 's so easy for individuals to judge others on various decisions that are made throughout their life but why do male get the heavier load. Individuals quickly become judgmental towards others suffering and forget that their journeys are different than there 's. Sonny 's drug addiction just like any addiction come from a place of pain. The representation of Sonny 's addiction in the story is his relationship with the narrator.
He greatly cares for Sonny and only wants the best for him. He feels that Sonny is throwing his life away. He sees Sonny as a drug abuser who has messed up countless opprutinites and becomes very unpatient with him until he finally start understanding him. Sonny looks up to his brother and relies upon him. Sonny feels like his brother is only upset with him because he chose a different path than him but the real reason was that he was abusing drugs.
the negative effects of alcohol and marijuana in his mental health. Counselor explained how these drugs can have a very temporary positive impact on his mood, but in the long term it can cause big problems for his mental health such as anger, increase depression, etc. Pt. was encouraged to share any current concern in his recovery. Pt.
An Oppressive Government George Orwell talks about the dangers that can occur with an oppressive totalitarian government. He documents life under a controlling government party referenced to The Party and Big brother. He discusses the lack of privacy of the citizens and the result and consequences of committing crimes. During the time period of the late 40’s the government used telescreens in order to surveillance the people at all times. “ On coins, stamps, on the covers of books… everywhere.
Cravings for a drink affects mood or concentration levels Feeling distracted and craving alcohol is a sign that your body is becoming dependent on alcohol and now needs it to stave off physical ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. 3. ‘Self-medicating’ with drink because of problems at home, social or work life Using alcohol as a coping mechanism can lead to a person drinking more and more because it only offers temporary relief. In the long run this makes things worse. 4.
I think when you first try something, you do not think much of it then and there but eventually you want more. I do not think she took that into consideration. In the novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, Jeykll is a good person but drinks stuff, like a drug, that changes him into someone else, Mr. Hyde, a monster, evil person. Jeykll is then addicted to it. “-- He now begs them to search with the most sedulous care, and should any of the same quality be left, to foward it to him at once.
One aspect Bowen family therapy focus on is the idea people are the result of an evolutionary process. One component of the model is differentiation of self. Differentiation of self is the separation of one’s intellectual and emotional functioning process from other. Hunger the acronym in HALT states “People who are drug-dependent often try to satisfy this stress signal with drugs”, Anger states “ you might thing of yelling and screaming obscenities or fighting, then maybe going to grab a drink at the bar”, Loneliness states trying to learn how to live without drug dependency”, Tiredness states frequent drinking or drug use leads to problems with sleep, and operating on a lack of sleep can lead to errors in judgment, poor decision-making, and increased stress” @. (2016).
Though many try to obtain free will, this difficult task often results in defeat. In the novels, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the characters’ lives are predetermined; thus, driving them into mental instability. A predetermined life acts as a catalyst for mental deterioration. The protagonists suffer from depression as a result of their predetermined lives, as well as, the characters blindly obey their controllers, and have a longing to break free from being controlled. A study was conducted and determined that, “feeling trapped is a direct experience and symptom of inner passivity.
However, Gene misreads this as a threat and comes to the conclusion that “The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all” (Knowles 54). He comes to this conclusion in an effort to make him feel better about himself due to a lack of confidence. While doing so temporarily rid him of his insecurities it fueled his jealousy and in turn allowing his inner war to thrive. He knew he was not as handsome nor