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Ordinary People Essay Reading the title of this book I assume the novel is going to be about ordinary people. Well I am wrong. It's about the
struggles people go through in their life. Weather that be personal, mental or physical struggles. Everyone goes through them. Not everyone copes with
them the same way. Most struggle to positively cope with there emotions. As I was reading this novel in class everyday chapter by chapter I noticed
one character. He really stood out to me,...show more content...
That's how I am. I try to keep busy and distract my mind from wandering to things I don't want it too. I do that by sleeping. I sleep a ton. I also
binge watch tv. I like to binge watch Netflix Tv shows. I've watch all 12 seasons of grey's anatomy twice. It took me a couple months but that's
when I was in my worst depression sophomore year. I slept a lot and missed a ton of school. I didn't want to deal with anything so I'd take anti
depressants to help clear my mind. That just made it worse. I went into an even low depression than before. So from that I learned to deal with my
emotions naturally, and to actually think about them and not let them overcome me and my feelings/ actions. So I think I can relate to Conrad jarrett
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Ordinary People Analysis
The Authoritarian, the Permissive and the Authoritative Ordinary People Parents are perhaps the greatest influences in a person life. They mentor us,
shape us and model us into the type of people they would be proud of. This is no different in the movie, Ordinary People which portrays a family of
three struggling through a tragedy and its byproducts. The movie highlights the three different parenting styles through the two parents, Beth and
Calvin, of Conrad. Furthermore the movie underscores the impact of externals events on parenting styles relating the Person–Situation Controversy to
Parenting styles. Diana Baurind conducted a study in the 1960s which identified the three mains parenting styles; Authoritarian, Permissive and...show
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She quickly rejects this idea multiple times, not letting her husband or son get their way. The audience does not know if this is an attempt at
distancing herself from Conrad so she will not feel the pain she did when she was grieving or if this simply another attempt at proving her control.
However throughout the movie her attempts at been authoritarian does nothing to make Conrad's situation any better and only alienates herself from
the family. Eventually her authoritarian style of parents fails at her goal to make her life return to normal or prevent any more downfalls in her
family; on much smaller scale Conrad's quitting the swim team. In response to her failure, she becomes the fourth parenting style, uninvolved style of
parenting. This parenting style is just as it is described; uninvolved. She withdraws from the family and fails to even acknowledge Conrad at times.
This parenting style is her response to the inefficiency of the authoritarian parenting style. She simply gives up and resolved that no way she can help
her son or stop the bad events from happenings. She no longer tries to be a parent. This can be seen in the scene when Conrad tries to hug his mother.
She merely looks at him catatonically and does not hug him back. This confrontation leaves Conrad sad but this with the realization that his mother no
longer cares. This is the last parenting style and trait transformation Beth goes through. Beth and Calvin
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Ordinary People Research Paper
Jess Ayala
HIS 142A, Biale
14 June 2017
Final Essay: Question #
The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of a million is a statistic. Would this popular insightful quote on the empathy and apathy of the human
condition give us insight into how it was possible for the "ordinary citizen" to become genocidal killers in the Holocaust? This quote implies our ability
to emotionally attach and detach ourselves to the notions of death in either a very personal way. With such reactions to death, does it make perpetrators
"ordinary people" or willing executioners? In this essay, I will investigate the reactions, motivations, and intentions regarding murder by these "ordinary
people."
At first, to view the world in opposites of good and evil, it would seem that an ordinary person could never approach or commit himself to the
atrocities of a genocidal killer. However, before we draw assumptions, it is necessary to define what an ordinary person is, the context they are in and
thus the particular circumstances that would lead or allow him to overcome his moral boundaries and act in such ways. A perpetrator, as horrific as
that person may be, is still a human being, and to understand that human being we need to bear this in mind. The transformation of an ordinary man
into a genocidal killer involves a process of conditioning and choice under a variety of constraints. I will explore how these ordinary people committed
such gruesome acts....show more content...
In my opinion, to be ordinary, implies the ability to assess the difference between what is considered "right" and what is considered "wrong." In the
aspect of killing, either the killer or the victim would feel repelled and have self–conflict. Killing goes against human's natural instincts to
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Ordinary People Case Study Psychology
Ordinary People
Introduction
Ordinary People (Redford, 1980) brings awareness of bereavement, family dynamics, and post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is one of the
greatest realistic depictions of diverse responses to the unexpected loss of a loved one. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to Buck, the athletic,
self–confident teen.
Relationship Between Therapist and Client
Dr. Berger was a combination of parent figure, transference figure, and the superego figure. Dr. Berger's, non–directive approach allows Conrad to
choose how therapy will go, even though he is not big on control (Yarhouse & Sells, 2010). In their sessions, Dr. Berger is a sturdy–but–nice eclectic
therapist, who challenges Conrad, makes him finish his sentences, and after several meeting deliberately makes Conrad angry to open up the
frequencies of feeling (Yarhouse & Sells, 2010).
As for boundaries, Dr. Berger effectively confronts Conrad's initial passive–aggressive resistance, helping him to recognize and address his nervousness
about his anger and sadness. Berger also shows how varying distance during therapy can be clinically useful. Wheeling his chair far away from
Conrad giving space (Redford, 1980). A few minutes after, he wheels it close up and confronts Conrad by being in his face. Conrad begins to trust Dr.
Berger and his own tactile...show more content...
The crisis calls for change. The presenting problem for the Jarrett family is the lack of communication or and disagreements over what is a priority to
each member (Price, Price, & McKenry, 2010). Both Calvin and Beth experience the inability to relate effectively with each other, to recognize the
catastrophe of their surviving son's life, and their incapability as parents to treat effectively with his traumas and his suicidal tendencies (Price, Price,
& McKenry, 2010). Conrad's problem revolves around isolation, esteem issues and suicidal
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Ordinary People: A Short Story
0hrs 31mins 32secs...and counting down. The virtual huge clock shined down, as the towns people wept. They huddled on the street of the
barricaded town protecting the young boy with the power. He peeked through the human shield, and saw armed men with protective gear and faces
masked of any emotions. He saw them inching closer, steel rifles pointing towards them. There had to be at least three times more of them, than the
towns population. The young boy backed at the horror of the rifle, images of all the damage that they can do to the townspeople who protected him,
began to flood his brain. He looked around at the human shield, at the people who took him in when he was on the verge of dying three years ago. All
these people... All these innocent
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Ordinary People
Interestingly, this documentary is based on the lives of five individuals and their experiences with Russia's transition that came from the collapse of the
Soviet Union. Moreover, four of the five people have known each other from childhood and lived in similar circumstances under the authoritarian rule.
I will be focusing on how Olga, Andrei, Borya and Lyuba who are ordinary citizens have managed to live under an authoritarian rule. To begin with,
USSR was the union of 15 socialist republic that included: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya Latvia, Lithuania,
Moldavia, Russia,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Without a doubt, USSR adopted a authoritarian regime in which it the socialist
had the ultimate ownership in all areas of manufacture, distribution, and trade.
This centralized economic system lasted from 1922 until 1991 and it function under the Communist party. The philosophy behind this authoritarian
regime derived from Marxism–Leninism in which it valued and pushed for a one party state. The main theme behind this documentary is about the
experiences of five people that were greatly affected by the political change. These people were able to express and tell their story about living under
USSR totalitarian authoritarian regime and then to partial...show more content...
Although at some point they all lived closely to each other and had similar childhood we can conclude that they chose a different path in live.
Moreover, due to the authoritarian transition they were introduced to western norms that include clothing, access to more information, and stock
market. Also, they were all part of history in the making since in 1989 it was the first open election and lived through the End of a single party system.
Even though they also experienced hardships, as the economy did not prosper when Yesltsin was reelected in
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"Ordinary People" Movie Analysis Essay
Enjoli Crum
English 103
MWF 11–12p
A Journey through Tragedy
"Ordinary people" everywhere are faced day after day with the ever so common tragedy of losing a loved one. As we all know death is inevitable.
We live with this harsh reality in the back of our mind's eye. Only when we are shoved in the depths of despair can we truly understand the multitude
of emotions brought forth. Although people may try to be empathetic, no one can truly grasp the rawness felt inside of a shattered heart until death has
knocked at their door. We live in an environment where death is invisible and denied, yet we have become desensitized to it. These inconsistencies
appear in the extent to which families are personally affected by death–whether they...show more content...
Chalk–faced, hair–hacked Conrad seems hell bent on continuing the family myth that all is well in the world. Their initial sessions together frustrate
Dr. Berger because of Conrad's inability to express his feelings.
Conrad's father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrad's suicide attempt. Though the logical part of Calvin's brain tells him
it wasn't his fault, he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad. This is usually the role a mother plays with her son. Calvin is
not an ordinary parent. He shows genuine concern and is trying to make things right before his world falls apart. Beth, on the other hand, thinks that
Calvin worries too much about Conrad. She is so caught up in trying to maintain her perfect life that she becomes a cold–hearted, superficial shell of a
woman.
At an opportune time, Conrad tells his parents that he is seeing Dr Berger. Calvin is pleased to hear the news but Beth feels threatened. What if her
friends find out? What an embarrassment! What would her friends think? Beth is so used to covering up and controlling her own feelings that the idea
of someone prying into her family life is unbearable to her. We could speculate that perhaps her mother's mannerisms and personality traits have rubbed
off on Beth. Beth's mother, Ellen, fakes a warm personality, which masks true critical
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Essay about Ordinary People
The Jarrett's' have always believed themselves to be ordinary people, but after a their firstborn son, Jordan "Buck" Jarrett, drowns and their
second born son, Conrad, attempts suicide their whole world is turned upside–down. When Conrad comes home from his mental institution he feels
that things have changed. Conrad's relationship with his parents has changed. The relationship that Conrad has with his parents change throughout the
novel and are shaky all the way to the last page.
When Conrad first comes home, he has an awkward relationship with both of his parents. He believes that his father is watching his every move
checking for signals. While it is true that both parents love Conrad, they both have different ways of showing...show more content...
In a conversation with psychiatrist Dr. Berger Conrad is asked who does most of the worrying and he answers "My father, mostly. This is his
idea." When asked about his mother he says "She's–I don't know, she's not a worrier." Clearly Conrad thinks that his mother doesn't
care about him. Conrad also goes on later to say, "My mother and I do not connect."
Conrad's father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrad's suicide attempt. Though the logical part of Cal's brain tells him it
wasn't his fault he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad. Conrad's mother, Beth, on the other hand thinks that Cal worries too
much about Conrad. Beth thinks that Conrad is just trying to hurt her. Conrad tells Beth that he would tell her more about him if he thought she
"gave a damn." Conrad tells Beth that he thinks she is the one trying to hurt him. Conrad finally releases all of his emotions when his
mother confronts him about his quitting the swimming team. Conrad tells Beth how what he thinks of her visiting other countries instead of visiting
him at the mental institution. After the fight, Conrad tells his father "She hates me. There's nothing I can do about it." Beth is a very
unforgiving person, and Conrad doesn't think that she will ever forgive him for his suicide attempt.
Beth is not the type to forgive and forget. She accuses Cal of being overprotective about
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Ordinary People Chapter 1 Essay
Chapter 1: First Peoples–Populating the Planet, to 10,000 BCE Questions:
1.What was the sequence of human migration across the planet?
The earliest Homo Sapiens emerged in Africa 25,000 years ago.
The first human migration out of Africa occurred 100,000 years ago.
Human entry into eastern Asia took place 70,000 years ago.
Human entry into Europe occurred 40,000 years ago.
Human entry into the Americas took place 30,000 to 15,000 years ago.
Austronesian migration to the Pacific Islands and Madagascar occurred 3,500 to 1,00 years ago.
Human entry into New Zealand happened 1,000 years ago.
2.How did Austronesian migrations differ from other early patterns of human movement?
Austronesian migrations were recent (3,500 years ago) opposed to the other migrations, dating...show more content...
Humans covered vast areas of the Earth, some even during the harshness of the ice age, only carrying basic hunting tools.
On the other hand, Austronesian migrations were covered by canoe. They were technologically advanced and even transported plants and animals
from one place to another. Essentially, these migrations were bigger and better than anything before. They covered a larger area faster and were able to
advance quickly.
3.In what ways did gathering and hunting economy shape other aspects of Paleolithic societies?
Prevented communities from producing surplus.
The required seasonal transportation/nomadic lifestyle did not allow for accumulation of goods.
Because of this frugality, Paleolithic societies were completely free of tyranny (wholly equal.)
People worked less hours to meet their needs (food) and therefore had more free time.
However, 35 years was the life expectancy. Such a reliance on nature sometimes left individuals without any resources.
4.Why did some Paleolithic peoples abandon earlier, more nomadic ways and begin to live in a more settles
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Ordinary People Reflection
In the book, Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, Conrad Jarrett undergoes different stages in life that occur after his incident. Throughout these phases
he sees a change in himself as a whole. The most pivotal moment in his psychological and moral development transpires when Dr. Berger comes into
Conrad's life. Dr. Berger becomes his guiding principle that eventually leads him to progress in areas he struggles in such as forgiveness, happiness, and
acceptance. Through these developments Conrad is able to remain to who he once was but continue to live on with life.
As a result of his visitations with Dr. Berger, Conrad learns to seek for forgiveness not only in his family but especially in himself. Essentially, in
his life he struggles to understand the concept of a guiding principle, "A belief of some kind. A bumper sticker, if you will" (pg. 1). A guiding
principle in Conrad's life that really helped him to forgive others was Dr. Berger, he consistently pushes Conrad to look at things from different
perspectives and to release all the anger and guilt he feels inside. Notably, Berger was there the night Conrad needed help, "I need to see you, he
whispers" (pg. 219), in a moment of disparity, Berger evaluates Conrad and concludes that he still feels at fault for practically everything that happened
in his life. At his lowest moments, any time that Conrad spends with Berger he begins to realize that he will only find growth in himself once he stops
putting the blame on anyone
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George Orwell's Ordinary People
George Orwell was born to an economically fragile government employed family who wanted him to have an upper–middle class upbringing. At a
younger age he was seldom exposed to anyone below his social class. During the writing process of his works The Road to Wigan Pier and Down
and Out in Paris and London he met what he labeled as ordinary people. Orwell defined ordinary people as people who were not overindulged with
material goods, had ordinary working jobs, had a minimal education, and wont achieve success or greatness. He admired these people as despite their
circumstance they still worked, loved, cared, had children and had fun just like normal "unordinary" people like himself. Additionally, he found the
lack of prudishness and hypocrisy
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Ordinary People Influence
Heather, I'm of the same opinion that unless you are able to influence you are not a good leader. In saying that some of us certainly can be leaders to a
certain degree, but we would not only want to influence but influence in a positive connotation. It's true, we have the ability to influence whether we
are in a leadership capacity or just an ordinary person. At times we do not realize that we are influencing others by having an adverse effect on
others. This is the reason we all need to be mindful of our actions around others, specifically the most vulnerable. Therefore, being fair, and making
sure we include everyone in our decision making is necessary at all levels. When we work as a team, where we all feel equals, and important we are
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Ordinary People: Comparison Of Book And Movie
The book Ordinary People was told in the perspective of a depressed teenage boy and his father. The theme of the story is that things happen but it's
not always your fault. Conrad has survival guilt. He feels like it's his fault that Jordan died, so he takes it out on himself. Calvin feels responsible
for Conrad's accident. The book and the movie have a lot of similarities and differences. In both the book and the movie Beth, the mother, never
really checked on Conrad much. Calvin did most of the parenting with Conrad. She seemed distant from everyone like she didn't care about them.
But in the book we never got to see her point of view so in the movie we learned how she really felt. In the movie Beth says she thinks Conrad isn't
happy at school and and people don't like being around him. She says she can't deal with him anymore. Beth comes off as a little selfish. Even
towards the end of the movie Calvin asked her why she didn't even cry at Jordan's funeral. He says that he was going crazy because his son just died
and all she was worried about was how he looked. So even though in the book and movie are different points of view of Beth she still seems like the
same person that doesn't show emotion and is distant....show more content...
Conrad even starts talking to Jeaninne a lot sooner in the movie then in the book. She helps him overcome his depression. Seeing Dr.Berger also
helped him with his depression. He helps him decide to quit the swim team, and that makes him less stressed, but it happens at different times in the
book and the
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Ordinary People Character Analysis Essay
Sydney Evans
College Composition
May 3, 2016
Critical Analysis
One of the most important aspects of Judith Guest's book Ordinary People are the different complex comparisons between characters. Each character
is very unique in the way that they deal with things differently and they each have very different perspectives on their lives and how they are living
them.Two characters that I observed were both opposite and similar in many ways were the Jarrett parents, Cal and Beth. Throughout the book the
reader is exposed to each parent's relationship with their son Conrad, as well as how they are coping with the recent tragedies that consist of both the
death of their oldest son Jordan and Conrad attempting suicide. Cal and Beth act as though they are complete opposites along with the fact that they
handle situations differently, but in the end they are similar in more...show more content...
They also love each other even with the ups and downs of their recent family and relationship history. When we are introduced to the couple they
constantly talk about how they used to be, and things that happened at the beginning of their relationship. It seems as though they were more similar at
the start of their relationship compared to the end. Close to the end of the book we watch the Jarrett's marriage unravel simply because they had both
changed since they first were together especially after everything that had happened with their children. After they had fought in one of the last chapters
Cal thought to himself, "Two intelligent people, why can't they understand each other? Why can't they work out their differences? The point is that it
has nothing to do with intelligence. Or understanding," (Guest 254). Although love and few similarities couldn't keep them together in the end it was
their differences that drove them apart, even if it was just for a few
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Three Ordinary People
Do you live in house with twelve people? I sure don't! I live with four dogs and four people. My house is always extremely loud and it annoys
visitors, but the dogs are staying. I do not have a large family, but I have a caring one. The three most important people to me are my mom, my dad,
and my grandfather. My mother is an amazing person. Every morning, she makes sure I get to school on time. In the afternoon, she always makes
sure I have something to eat. She reminds us to clean up after ourselves and inspires us to do our best. My mother is truly a caring person with a
huge heart. My father is also an extremely caring person. When I used to do sports, he always bought me what I needed. He got me to every practice
on time with what
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The Impact Of Ordinary People Essay
As people live their daily lives, they have an effect on others whether that is knowingly or unknowingly. These effects can be positive or negative, but
either way they contribute in the making of individuals identities. People that have the advantage of having someone come into their life, and help
them form a healthy identity are quite lucky. In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, Conrad was an adolescent who was severely depressed until he met
that person that helped him form a healthy identity. The person who did this was his psychiatrist named Dr. Berger, and he helped Conrad transform
his identity from a confused to a confident person. Conrad's psychiatrist prevented him from self harm, helped reduce his guilt and influenced him to
...show more content...
I mean he wasn't telling me anything I couldn't figure out for myself. Really, the only one who can help you is you. Well, you and God (Guest
55)". This demonstrated that Karen was unwilling to receive help; since she had no one to lean on she decided to end her life. Conrad did not
give up like Karen did because he got the social support he needed to cope with his grief. The decision Conrad made of continuing to see Dr.
Berger was a very smart step because a lot of people like Karen give up, but he kept trying. This helped him avoid extreme measures and was a sign
that he was starting to find his identity. Equally important, when Conrad went to Dr. Berger for support after Karen's death he said this to Dr. Berger
after they talked about it, "I don't know what I would have done if I couldn't have gotten you this morning. I feel so shaky"(Guest 227). This proved
that Dr. Berger did hold Conrad back from not hurting himself, and helped him control his feelings. In short, Dr. Berger helped Conrad avoidsuicide,
which then gave Conrad the chance to realize he was a stronger person than he thought he was. With this, he found his confident identity at the end of
the book, which he would not have gotten without Dr. Berger.
Berger also helped reduce Conrad's feelings of remorse. Conrad felt a lot of guilt for attempting suicide because he felt his mother, Beth would never
forgive him. They had a very rocky relationship due
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Ordinary People Essay examples
I decided to base my clinical assessment of a movie character on Conrad Jarrett, the lead character of the film Ordinary People. Conrad is seventeen
years old and is the only child of Beth and Calvin Jarrett. The Jarrett's live in the affluent suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois, where Calvin works as a
successful tax attorney. The Jarrett's have just recently experienced a family tragedy, where their eldest son, Buck, drown in a boating accident, while
Conrad witnessed the entire event. Six month after the accident, Conrad has become severely depressed, and slit his wrists with a razor blade in a failed
suicide attempt. His parents discovered him unconscious in the bathroom, and immediately committed him to a psychiatric hospital. He...show more
content...
She hasn't dealt with Buck's death and does not know how to grieve. This has had a very negative effect on Conrad and he feels that his mother
would have probably rather he died than Buck. Since the accident, Conrad has socially withdrawn from his friends and activities he one enjoyed.
He is having major problems reconnecting to his friends primarily because it is too painful to see them because they remind him of Buck. He also
spent so much time in the psychiatric hospital that he missed out on almost an entire school year. He has made a connection to Karen, a fellow
patient, while receiving treatment and they have formed a special bond. She had been suffering from depression and had also attempted suicide.
Conrad would call her whenever he was feeling down and she was the one person he felt really understood him. Unfortunately, Karen lost her battle
with depression and suddenly committed suicide. Losing this support has devastated Conrad. He now cannot adjust to his normal life and literally
feels alone in his struggle. Since returning to Lake Forest High School, Conrad has shown increased discord with teachers and classmates. He has
gotten into a fight with several classmates and has quit the swim team. He seems to not enjoy being back at school particularly because the
environment reminds him of how his life used to be when Buck was alive. He has
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Ordinary People: Treatment Plan Essay example
The Jarrett family from the movie Ordinary People have a variety of issues. Complicating matters is the complex, tangled nature of these issues. To
combat these issues we need a clear plan. In the absence of a clear plan there would be a great deal of floundering about. Floundering which would
likely end in opening hurts we can not resolve. Therefore let us be clear about what we are setting out to accomplish. Step 1 В– Access Causes First
we must look for the root causes of the turmoil in the Jarrett family. The initial crisis was caused by the death of the Jarrett family's older son Buck
Jarrett. His death in a sailing accident has left each of the surviving members of the family with their own issues. In response to this...show more
content...
She is very interested in keeping up appearances and looking good in public. Public image is an idol for her. Beth goes so far as to discourage the
idea of Conrad going to therapy in the name of returning to "normal." Goals To begin we must establish goals with the individuals involved. Our
overall goal is to restore the marriage and Conrad's relationship with both parents. As the family has discovered there is not much substance to their
relationships, consequently restoration will not be enough. We must also develop skills to allows them to improve their relationships in healthy ways.
BETH AND CALVIN The first focus will be on Calvin and Beth's marriage. They have not been communicating well for a long time. Calvin has now
realized Beth is not quite who he thought she was. Beth has chosen to leave when she was confronted. In many ways their reintegration would be
more like an initial integration. There root causes which we would like to address are: they do not really know each other, they do not know how to
value each other, and they do not communicate well.
They do not value each other. –Problem Value is a macro problem of hope. As noted earlier it would be easy to cite Beth as the main problem here but
Calvin is just or nearly as culpable. For instance Calvin simply states as a fact that she "is not strong, and I don't know if you are really giving" then
asks her if she loves him, not exactly a picture
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What Is The Theme In Ordinary People
If one of your family members died, what would you do? When one door closes, another opens; life's difficulties, obstacles, and challenges are all
stepping stones for greater experiences. This is shown In Ordinary People by Judith Guest. The Jarrett family recently loses their son, Buck in a
sailing accident. Beth and Calvin, the parents, and Conrad, their younger son, deal with the sudden loss in different ways. Conrad, Calvin and Beth
gieve over Buck's death. This takes each of them an extended period of time because they all have different coping strategies. In Ordinary People, by
Judith Guest, the characters Calvin, Conrad and Beth experience how a typical family deals with a major loss and how they are affected by it as well
as how they...show more content...
Beth is too concerned of how people view her, than the fact that her son; Conrad is lost and needs her support. She is also one who does not show her
emotions, especially towards Conrad. Throughout the book she seems to avoid conrad after he tried to attempt suicide. Perhaps she favored Buck, and
blames Conrad for his death, or can't forgive Conrad for being depressed and attempting suicide.Beth has pushed away her son and her husband. She
deals with Buck's tragedy by avoiding to talk about it. In the novel Beth states, " That whole vicious thing! He made it as vicious, as sickening as he
could! The blood– all that blood! Oh, I will never forgive him for it! He wanted it to kill me, too!"( Guest 237). This exposes how Beth will never
forgive Conrad for attempting suicide, she will always have a grudge against him. What kind of mother is beth to abandoned her child over a act of
depression?
In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, the following characters Conrad, Calvin and Beth all are affected by Buck's death in several different ways.
While reading Ordinary People, the story line taught me that healing after the most horrific experiences is possible, but the challenges that come
along the way will teach you lessons that you will never forget. The story line connects to me in several ways because in my life I have had ups and
downs, an experience I had of this was when my parents got divorced. This changed the way I lived my life, and my relationship with my mom, dad
and even
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Ordinary People Essay

  • 1. Ordinary People Essay Katherine Pouppirt sos pauses jsjs lash jsjs jsjsjsjs Hour: 1 jsjs jsjs a jsjsbd jsjsbd usushs jsisusb jsjsb Mr. Kinsella hey hey hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi huh hi jaksisidbskaosownwb Hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi Ordinary People Essay Reading the title of this book I assume the novel is going to be about ordinary people. Well I am wrong. It's about the struggles people go through in their life. Weather that be personal, mental or physical struggles. Everyone goes through them. Not everyone copes with them the same way. Most struggle to positively cope with there emotions. As I was reading this novel in class everyday chapter by chapter I noticed one character. He really stood out to me,...show more content... That's how I am. I try to keep busy and distract my mind from wandering to things I don't want it too. I do that by sleeping. I sleep a ton. I also binge watch tv. I like to binge watch Netflix Tv shows. I've watch all 12 seasons of grey's anatomy twice. It took me a couple months but that's when I was in my worst depression sophomore year. I slept a lot and missed a ton of school. I didn't want to deal with anything so I'd take anti depressants to help clear my mind. That just made it worse. I went into an even low depression than before. So from that I learned to deal with my emotions naturally, and to actually think about them and not let them overcome me and my feelings/ actions. So I think I can relate to Conrad jarrett the most in the novel ordinary people by Judith guest. Hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 2. Ordinary People Analysis The Authoritarian, the Permissive and the Authoritative Ordinary People Parents are perhaps the greatest influences in a person life. They mentor us, shape us and model us into the type of people they would be proud of. This is no different in the movie, Ordinary People which portrays a family of three struggling through a tragedy and its byproducts. The movie highlights the three different parenting styles through the two parents, Beth and Calvin, of Conrad. Furthermore the movie underscores the impact of externals events on parenting styles relating the Person–Situation Controversy to Parenting styles. Diana Baurind conducted a study in the 1960s which identified the three mains parenting styles; Authoritarian, Permissive and...show more content... She quickly rejects this idea multiple times, not letting her husband or son get their way. The audience does not know if this is an attempt at distancing herself from Conrad so she will not feel the pain she did when she was grieving or if this simply another attempt at proving her control. However throughout the movie her attempts at been authoritarian does nothing to make Conrad's situation any better and only alienates herself from the family. Eventually her authoritarian style of parents fails at her goal to make her life return to normal or prevent any more downfalls in her family; on much smaller scale Conrad's quitting the swim team. In response to her failure, she becomes the fourth parenting style, uninvolved style of parenting. This parenting style is just as it is described; uninvolved. She withdraws from the family and fails to even acknowledge Conrad at times. This parenting style is her response to the inefficiency of the authoritarian parenting style. She simply gives up and resolved that no way she can help her son or stop the bad events from happenings. She no longer tries to be a parent. This can be seen in the scene when Conrad tries to hug his mother. She merely looks at him catatonically and does not hug him back. This confrontation leaves Conrad sad but this with the realization that his mother no longer cares. This is the last parenting style and trait transformation Beth goes through. Beth and Calvin Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 3. Ordinary People Research Paper Jess Ayala HIS 142A, Biale 14 June 2017 Final Essay: Question # The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of a million is a statistic. Would this popular insightful quote on the empathy and apathy of the human condition give us insight into how it was possible for the "ordinary citizen" to become genocidal killers in the Holocaust? This quote implies our ability to emotionally attach and detach ourselves to the notions of death in either a very personal way. With such reactions to death, does it make perpetrators "ordinary people" or willing executioners? In this essay, I will investigate the reactions, motivations, and intentions regarding murder by these "ordinary people." At first, to view the world in opposites of good and evil, it would seem that an ordinary person could never approach or commit himself to the atrocities of a genocidal killer. However, before we draw assumptions, it is necessary to define what an ordinary person is, the context they are in and thus the particular circumstances that would lead or allow him to overcome his moral boundaries and act in such ways. A perpetrator, as horrific as that person may be, is still a human being, and to understand that human being we need to bear this in mind. The transformation of an ordinary man into a genocidal killer involves a process of conditioning and choice under a variety of constraints. I will explore how these ordinary people committed such gruesome acts....show more content... In my opinion, to be ordinary, implies the ability to assess the difference between what is considered "right" and what is considered "wrong." In the aspect of killing, either the killer or the victim would feel repelled and have self–conflict. Killing goes against human's natural instincts to Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 4. Ordinary People Case Study Psychology Ordinary People Introduction Ordinary People (Redford, 1980) brings awareness of bereavement, family dynamics, and post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is one of the greatest realistic depictions of diverse responses to the unexpected loss of a loved one. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to Buck, the athletic, self–confident teen. Relationship Between Therapist and Client Dr. Berger was a combination of parent figure, transference figure, and the superego figure. Dr. Berger's, non–directive approach allows Conrad to choose how therapy will go, even though he is not big on control (Yarhouse & Sells, 2010). In their sessions, Dr. Berger is a sturdy–but–nice eclectic therapist, who challenges Conrad, makes him finish his sentences, and after several meeting deliberately makes Conrad angry to open up the frequencies of feeling (Yarhouse & Sells, 2010). As for boundaries, Dr. Berger effectively confronts Conrad's initial passive–aggressive resistance, helping him to recognize and address his nervousness about his anger and sadness. Berger also shows how varying distance during therapy can be clinically useful. Wheeling his chair far away from Conrad giving space (Redford, 1980). A few minutes after, he wheels it close up and confronts Conrad by being in his face. Conrad begins to trust Dr. Berger and his own tactile...show more content... The crisis calls for change. The presenting problem for the Jarrett family is the lack of communication or and disagreements over what is a priority to each member (Price, Price, & McKenry, 2010). Both Calvin and Beth experience the inability to relate effectively with each other, to recognize the catastrophe of their surviving son's life, and their incapability as parents to treat effectively with his traumas and his suicidal tendencies (Price, Price, & McKenry, 2010). Conrad's problem revolves around isolation, esteem issues and suicidal Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 5. Ordinary People: A Short Story 0hrs 31mins 32secs...and counting down. The virtual huge clock shined down, as the towns people wept. They huddled on the street of the barricaded town protecting the young boy with the power. He peeked through the human shield, and saw armed men with protective gear and faces masked of any emotions. He saw them inching closer, steel rifles pointing towards them. There had to be at least three times more of them, than the towns population. The young boy backed at the horror of the rifle, images of all the damage that they can do to the townspeople who protected him, began to flood his brain. He looked around at the human shield, at the people who took him in when he was on the verge of dying three years ago. All these people... All these innocent Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 6. Ordinary People Interestingly, this documentary is based on the lives of five individuals and their experiences with Russia's transition that came from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Moreover, four of the five people have known each other from childhood and lived in similar circumstances under the authoritarian rule. I will be focusing on how Olga, Andrei, Borya and Lyuba who are ordinary citizens have managed to live under an authoritarian rule. To begin with, USSR was the union of 15 socialist republic that included: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Russia,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Without a doubt, USSR adopted a authoritarian regime in which it the socialist had the ultimate ownership in all areas of manufacture, distribution, and trade. This centralized economic system lasted from 1922 until 1991 and it function under the Communist party. The philosophy behind this authoritarian regime derived from Marxism–Leninism in which it valued and pushed for a one party state. The main theme behind this documentary is about the experiences of five people that were greatly affected by the political change. These people were able to express and tell their story about living under USSR totalitarian authoritarian regime and then to partial...show more content... Although at some point they all lived closely to each other and had similar childhood we can conclude that they chose a different path in live. Moreover, due to the authoritarian transition they were introduced to western norms that include clothing, access to more information, and stock market. Also, they were all part of history in the making since in 1989 it was the first open election and lived through the End of a single party system. Even though they also experienced hardships, as the economy did not prosper when Yesltsin was reelected in Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 7. "Ordinary People" Movie Analysis Essay Enjoli Crum English 103 MWF 11–12p A Journey through Tragedy "Ordinary people" everywhere are faced day after day with the ever so common tragedy of losing a loved one. As we all know death is inevitable. We live with this harsh reality in the back of our mind's eye. Only when we are shoved in the depths of despair can we truly understand the multitude of emotions brought forth. Although people may try to be empathetic, no one can truly grasp the rawness felt inside of a shattered heart until death has knocked at their door. We live in an environment where death is invisible and denied, yet we have become desensitized to it. These inconsistencies appear in the extent to which families are personally affected by death–whether they...show more content... Chalk–faced, hair–hacked Conrad seems hell bent on continuing the family myth that all is well in the world. Their initial sessions together frustrate Dr. Berger because of Conrad's inability to express his feelings. Conrad's father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrad's suicide attempt. Though the logical part of Calvin's brain tells him it wasn't his fault, he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad. This is usually the role a mother plays with her son. Calvin is not an ordinary parent. He shows genuine concern and is trying to make things right before his world falls apart. Beth, on the other hand, thinks that Calvin worries too much about Conrad. She is so caught up in trying to maintain her perfect life that she becomes a cold–hearted, superficial shell of a woman. At an opportune time, Conrad tells his parents that he is seeing Dr Berger. Calvin is pleased to hear the news but Beth feels threatened. What if her friends find out? What an embarrassment! What would her friends think? Beth is so used to covering up and controlling her own feelings that the idea of someone prying into her family life is unbearable to her. We could speculate that perhaps her mother's mannerisms and personality traits have rubbed off on Beth. Beth's mother, Ellen, fakes a warm personality, which masks true critical Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 8. Essay about Ordinary People The Jarrett's' have always believed themselves to be ordinary people, but after a their firstborn son, Jordan "Buck" Jarrett, drowns and their second born son, Conrad, attempts suicide their whole world is turned upside–down. When Conrad comes home from his mental institution he feels that things have changed. Conrad's relationship with his parents has changed. The relationship that Conrad has with his parents change throughout the novel and are shaky all the way to the last page. When Conrad first comes home, he has an awkward relationship with both of his parents. He believes that his father is watching his every move checking for signals. While it is true that both parents love Conrad, they both have different ways of showing...show more content... In a conversation with psychiatrist Dr. Berger Conrad is asked who does most of the worrying and he answers "My father, mostly. This is his idea." When asked about his mother he says "She's–I don't know, she's not a worrier." Clearly Conrad thinks that his mother doesn't care about him. Conrad also goes on later to say, "My mother and I do not connect." Conrad's father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrad's suicide attempt. Though the logical part of Cal's brain tells him it wasn't his fault he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad. Conrad's mother, Beth, on the other hand thinks that Cal worries too much about Conrad. Beth thinks that Conrad is just trying to hurt her. Conrad tells Beth that he would tell her more about him if he thought she "gave a damn." Conrad tells Beth that he thinks she is the one trying to hurt him. Conrad finally releases all of his emotions when his mother confronts him about his quitting the swimming team. Conrad tells Beth how what he thinks of her visiting other countries instead of visiting him at the mental institution. After the fight, Conrad tells his father "She hates me. There's nothing I can do about it." Beth is a very unforgiving person, and Conrad doesn't think that she will ever forgive him for his suicide attempt. Beth is not the type to forgive and forget. She accuses Cal of being overprotective about Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 9. Ordinary People Chapter 1 Essay Chapter 1: First Peoples–Populating the Planet, to 10,000 BCE Questions: 1.What was the sequence of human migration across the planet? The earliest Homo Sapiens emerged in Africa 25,000 years ago. The first human migration out of Africa occurred 100,000 years ago. Human entry into eastern Asia took place 70,000 years ago. Human entry into Europe occurred 40,000 years ago. Human entry into the Americas took place 30,000 to 15,000 years ago. Austronesian migration to the Pacific Islands and Madagascar occurred 3,500 to 1,00 years ago. Human entry into New Zealand happened 1,000 years ago. 2.How did Austronesian migrations differ from other early patterns of human movement? Austronesian migrations were recent (3,500 years ago) opposed to the other migrations, dating...show more content... Humans covered vast areas of the Earth, some even during the harshness of the ice age, only carrying basic hunting tools. On the other hand, Austronesian migrations were covered by canoe. They were technologically advanced and even transported plants and animals from one place to another. Essentially, these migrations were bigger and better than anything before. They covered a larger area faster and were able to advance quickly. 3.In what ways did gathering and hunting economy shape other aspects of Paleolithic societies? Prevented communities from producing surplus. The required seasonal transportation/nomadic lifestyle did not allow for accumulation of goods. Because of this frugality, Paleolithic societies were completely free of tyranny (wholly equal.) People worked less hours to meet their needs (food) and therefore had more free time. However, 35 years was the life expectancy. Such a reliance on nature sometimes left individuals without any resources. 4.Why did some Paleolithic peoples abandon earlier, more nomadic ways and begin to live in a more settles Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 10. Ordinary People Reflection In the book, Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, Conrad Jarrett undergoes different stages in life that occur after his incident. Throughout these phases he sees a change in himself as a whole. The most pivotal moment in his psychological and moral development transpires when Dr. Berger comes into Conrad's life. Dr. Berger becomes his guiding principle that eventually leads him to progress in areas he struggles in such as forgiveness, happiness, and acceptance. Through these developments Conrad is able to remain to who he once was but continue to live on with life. As a result of his visitations with Dr. Berger, Conrad learns to seek for forgiveness not only in his family but especially in himself. Essentially, in his life he struggles to understand the concept of a guiding principle, "A belief of some kind. A bumper sticker, if you will" (pg. 1). A guiding principle in Conrad's life that really helped him to forgive others was Dr. Berger, he consistently pushes Conrad to look at things from different perspectives and to release all the anger and guilt he feels inside. Notably, Berger was there the night Conrad needed help, "I need to see you, he whispers" (pg. 219), in a moment of disparity, Berger evaluates Conrad and concludes that he still feels at fault for practically everything that happened in his life. At his lowest moments, any time that Conrad spends with Berger he begins to realize that he will only find growth in himself once he stops putting the blame on anyone Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 11. George Orwell's Ordinary People George Orwell was born to an economically fragile government employed family who wanted him to have an upper–middle class upbringing. At a younger age he was seldom exposed to anyone below his social class. During the writing process of his works The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London he met what he labeled as ordinary people. Orwell defined ordinary people as people who were not overindulged with material goods, had ordinary working jobs, had a minimal education, and wont achieve success or greatness. He admired these people as despite their circumstance they still worked, loved, cared, had children and had fun just like normal "unordinary" people like himself. Additionally, he found the lack of prudishness and hypocrisy Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 12. Ordinary People Influence Heather, I'm of the same opinion that unless you are able to influence you are not a good leader. In saying that some of us certainly can be leaders to a certain degree, but we would not only want to influence but influence in a positive connotation. It's true, we have the ability to influence whether we are in a leadership capacity or just an ordinary person. At times we do not realize that we are influencing others by having an adverse effect on others. This is the reason we all need to be mindful of our actions around others, specifically the most vulnerable. Therefore, being fair, and making sure we include everyone in our decision making is necessary at all levels. When we work as a team, where we all feel equals, and important we are Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 13. Ordinary People: Comparison Of Book And Movie The book Ordinary People was told in the perspective of a depressed teenage boy and his father. The theme of the story is that things happen but it's not always your fault. Conrad has survival guilt. He feels like it's his fault that Jordan died, so he takes it out on himself. Calvin feels responsible for Conrad's accident. The book and the movie have a lot of similarities and differences. In both the book and the movie Beth, the mother, never really checked on Conrad much. Calvin did most of the parenting with Conrad. She seemed distant from everyone like she didn't care about them. But in the book we never got to see her point of view so in the movie we learned how she really felt. In the movie Beth says she thinks Conrad isn't happy at school and and people don't like being around him. She says she can't deal with him anymore. Beth comes off as a little selfish. Even towards the end of the movie Calvin asked her why she didn't even cry at Jordan's funeral. He says that he was going crazy because his son just died and all she was worried about was how he looked. So even though in the book and movie are different points of view of Beth she still seems like the same person that doesn't show emotion and is distant....show more content... Conrad even starts talking to Jeaninne a lot sooner in the movie then in the book. She helps him overcome his depression. Seeing Dr.Berger also helped him with his depression. He helps him decide to quit the swim team, and that makes him less stressed, but it happens at different times in the book and the Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 14. Ordinary People Character Analysis Essay Sydney Evans College Composition May 3, 2016 Critical Analysis One of the most important aspects of Judith Guest's book Ordinary People are the different complex comparisons between characters. Each character is very unique in the way that they deal with things differently and they each have very different perspectives on their lives and how they are living them.Two characters that I observed were both opposite and similar in many ways were the Jarrett parents, Cal and Beth. Throughout the book the reader is exposed to each parent's relationship with their son Conrad, as well as how they are coping with the recent tragedies that consist of both the death of their oldest son Jordan and Conrad attempting suicide. Cal and Beth act as though they are complete opposites along with the fact that they handle situations differently, but in the end they are similar in more...show more content... They also love each other even with the ups and downs of their recent family and relationship history. When we are introduced to the couple they constantly talk about how they used to be, and things that happened at the beginning of their relationship. It seems as though they were more similar at the start of their relationship compared to the end. Close to the end of the book we watch the Jarrett's marriage unravel simply because they had both changed since they first were together especially after everything that had happened with their children. After they had fought in one of the last chapters Cal thought to himself, "Two intelligent people, why can't they understand each other? Why can't they work out their differences? The point is that it has nothing to do with intelligence. Or understanding," (Guest 254). Although love and few similarities couldn't keep them together in the end it was their differences that drove them apart, even if it was just for a few Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 15. Three Ordinary People Do you live in house with twelve people? I sure don't! I live with four dogs and four people. My house is always extremely loud and it annoys visitors, but the dogs are staying. I do not have a large family, but I have a caring one. The three most important people to me are my mom, my dad, and my grandfather. My mother is an amazing person. Every morning, she makes sure I get to school on time. In the afternoon, she always makes sure I have something to eat. She reminds us to clean up after ourselves and inspires us to do our best. My mother is truly a caring person with a huge heart. My father is also an extremely caring person. When I used to do sports, he always bought me what I needed. He got me to every practice on time with what Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 16. The Impact Of Ordinary People Essay As people live their daily lives, they have an effect on others whether that is knowingly or unknowingly. These effects can be positive or negative, but either way they contribute in the making of individuals identities. People that have the advantage of having someone come into their life, and help them form a healthy identity are quite lucky. In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, Conrad was an adolescent who was severely depressed until he met that person that helped him form a healthy identity. The person who did this was his psychiatrist named Dr. Berger, and he helped Conrad transform his identity from a confused to a confident person. Conrad's psychiatrist prevented him from self harm, helped reduce his guilt and influenced him to ...show more content... I mean he wasn't telling me anything I couldn't figure out for myself. Really, the only one who can help you is you. Well, you and God (Guest 55)". This demonstrated that Karen was unwilling to receive help; since she had no one to lean on she decided to end her life. Conrad did not give up like Karen did because he got the social support he needed to cope with his grief. The decision Conrad made of continuing to see Dr. Berger was a very smart step because a lot of people like Karen give up, but he kept trying. This helped him avoid extreme measures and was a sign that he was starting to find his identity. Equally important, when Conrad went to Dr. Berger for support after Karen's death he said this to Dr. Berger after they talked about it, "I don't know what I would have done if I couldn't have gotten you this morning. I feel so shaky"(Guest 227). This proved that Dr. Berger did hold Conrad back from not hurting himself, and helped him control his feelings. In short, Dr. Berger helped Conrad avoidsuicide, which then gave Conrad the chance to realize he was a stronger person than he thought he was. With this, he found his confident identity at the end of the book, which he would not have gotten without Dr. Berger. Berger also helped reduce Conrad's feelings of remorse. Conrad felt a lot of guilt for attempting suicide because he felt his mother, Beth would never forgive him. They had a very rocky relationship due Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 17. Ordinary People Essay examples I decided to base my clinical assessment of a movie character on Conrad Jarrett, the lead character of the film Ordinary People. Conrad is seventeen years old and is the only child of Beth and Calvin Jarrett. The Jarrett's live in the affluent suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois, where Calvin works as a successful tax attorney. The Jarrett's have just recently experienced a family tragedy, where their eldest son, Buck, drown in a boating accident, while Conrad witnessed the entire event. Six month after the accident, Conrad has become severely depressed, and slit his wrists with a razor blade in a failed suicide attempt. His parents discovered him unconscious in the bathroom, and immediately committed him to a psychiatric hospital. He...show more content... She hasn't dealt with Buck's death and does not know how to grieve. This has had a very negative effect on Conrad and he feels that his mother would have probably rather he died than Buck. Since the accident, Conrad has socially withdrawn from his friends and activities he one enjoyed. He is having major problems reconnecting to his friends primarily because it is too painful to see them because they remind him of Buck. He also spent so much time in the psychiatric hospital that he missed out on almost an entire school year. He has made a connection to Karen, a fellow patient, while receiving treatment and they have formed a special bond. She had been suffering from depression and had also attempted suicide. Conrad would call her whenever he was feeling down and she was the one person he felt really understood him. Unfortunately, Karen lost her battle with depression and suddenly committed suicide. Losing this support has devastated Conrad. He now cannot adjust to his normal life and literally feels alone in his struggle. Since returning to Lake Forest High School, Conrad has shown increased discord with teachers and classmates. He has gotten into a fight with several classmates and has quit the swim team. He seems to not enjoy being back at school particularly because the environment reminds him of how his life used to be when Buck was alive. He has Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 18. Ordinary People: Treatment Plan Essay example The Jarrett family from the movie Ordinary People have a variety of issues. Complicating matters is the complex, tangled nature of these issues. To combat these issues we need a clear plan. In the absence of a clear plan there would be a great deal of floundering about. Floundering which would likely end in opening hurts we can not resolve. Therefore let us be clear about what we are setting out to accomplish. Step 1 В– Access Causes First we must look for the root causes of the turmoil in the Jarrett family. The initial crisis was caused by the death of the Jarrett family's older son Buck Jarrett. His death in a sailing accident has left each of the surviving members of the family with their own issues. In response to this...show more content... She is very interested in keeping up appearances and looking good in public. Public image is an idol for her. Beth goes so far as to discourage the idea of Conrad going to therapy in the name of returning to "normal." Goals To begin we must establish goals with the individuals involved. Our overall goal is to restore the marriage and Conrad's relationship with both parents. As the family has discovered there is not much substance to their relationships, consequently restoration will not be enough. We must also develop skills to allows them to improve their relationships in healthy ways. BETH AND CALVIN The first focus will be on Calvin and Beth's marriage. They have not been communicating well for a long time. Calvin has now realized Beth is not quite who he thought she was. Beth has chosen to leave when she was confronted. In many ways their reintegration would be more like an initial integration. There root causes which we would like to address are: they do not really know each other, they do not know how to value each other, and they do not communicate well. They do not value each other. –Problem Value is a macro problem of hope. As noted earlier it would be easy to cite Beth as the main problem here but Calvin is just or nearly as culpable. For instance Calvin simply states as a fact that she "is not strong, and I don't know if you are really giving" then asks her if she loves him, not exactly a picture Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 19. What Is The Theme In Ordinary People If one of your family members died, what would you do? When one door closes, another opens; life's difficulties, obstacles, and challenges are all stepping stones for greater experiences. This is shown In Ordinary People by Judith Guest. The Jarrett family recently loses their son, Buck in a sailing accident. Beth and Calvin, the parents, and Conrad, their younger son, deal with the sudden loss in different ways. Conrad, Calvin and Beth gieve over Buck's death. This takes each of them an extended period of time because they all have different coping strategies. In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, the characters Calvin, Conrad and Beth experience how a typical family deals with a major loss and how they are affected by it as well as how they...show more content... Beth is too concerned of how people view her, than the fact that her son; Conrad is lost and needs her support. She is also one who does not show her emotions, especially towards Conrad. Throughout the book she seems to avoid conrad after he tried to attempt suicide. Perhaps she favored Buck, and blames Conrad for his death, or can't forgive Conrad for being depressed and attempting suicide.Beth has pushed away her son and her husband. She deals with Buck's tragedy by avoiding to talk about it. In the novel Beth states, " That whole vicious thing! He made it as vicious, as sickening as he could! The blood– all that blood! Oh, I will never forgive him for it! He wanted it to kill me, too!"( Guest 237). This exposes how Beth will never forgive Conrad for attempting suicide, she will always have a grudge against him. What kind of mother is beth to abandoned her child over a act of depression? In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, the following characters Conrad, Calvin and Beth all are affected by Buck's death in several different ways. While reading Ordinary People, the story line taught me that healing after the most horrific experiences is possible, but the challenges that come along the way will teach you lessons that you will never forget. The story line connects to me in several ways because in my life I have had ups and downs, an experience I had of this was when my parents got divorced. This changed the way I lived my life, and my relationship with my mom, dad and even Get more content on HelpWriting.net