Women as castrators, society’s destruction of natural impulses, and false diagnoses of insanity are some of the themes which are reinforced by the Chief’s madness and hallucinations in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The main weaknesses of using Chief Bromden as the narrator of the novel are due to the fact that the Chief continuously describes his hallucinations as if they were present and constantly has flashbacks of his past which can be confusing. Additionally, his opinions on the events and characters that take place at the ward can be a biased opinion of the Chief. This particularly interferes with our knowledge and understanding about what is actually happening at the ward. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, one very confusing thing that interferes with our understanding of reality and fantasy is Chief
This is when particularly powerful people such as doctors, politicians and the mass media label those deemed as abnormal, as mentally ill, as their behaviour is ‘unnatural’ and ‘bizarre’ which cannot be explained. Examples of abnormal behaviour would be homosexuality and teenage pregnancy; mostly as they are not traditionalistic views. Szasz’s views are similar to Scheff’s but he also comments on that mental illness in society is deemed as a problem, as it lies with the attitudes of other people, and not the behaviour itself. Rosenhan is a social psychologist that conducted an experiment of ‘being sane in insane places’. His experiment involved him and other participants faking a mental illness (schizophrenia) to get entry to the psychiatric hospital as patients, and then seeing how long it took the medical professionals to figure out that they weren’t actually insane or mentally ill. Later on, after Rosenhan and his participants were released by his lawyers, Rosenhan got into
They became preoccupied with trivial short term objectives even through dishonest practices and compelled subordinates to lie, cheat, and steal to meet the impossible demands of higher officers” (Millet, Maslowski & Feis, 2012, p.561). The administration ‘s solution to the problem was, treatment by psychologist, drug counselors, detox specialist, rehab people, social workers, and psychiatrists(Millet, Maslowski & Feis, 2012,
Ultimately, Cosi fan Tutte is about madness, however the play also demonstrates the significance of love and fidelity throughout. Focused on the idea of mental illness “madness” the play Cosi is performed completely within the walls of a burnt down theatre which is symbolic in to the rough unethical treatment the patients would receive on a daily basis. Mental illness was looked upon as a social abnormality, there for the treatment process in the 1970’s differed to the way in which we deal with mental illness in modern society as people within the 70’s who had addictions were classed as socially abnormal “mad” and therefor institutionalised, evident within Julies case within the asylum. Roy quotes “asylums are the most inefficient places on earth” which further translates Nowra’s idea how the image portrayed upon mental illness within society was an image that believed asylums purely existed to free the “sane” from the “mad”. Although Nowra intentions reflect the idea of love and fidelity, madness was definitely a
Anderson shows that war has a damning effect on war journalists as well as soldiers, and that their loved ones and families are also heavily affected. One of these effects on the characters is that they lose a sense of hope and as a result, always expect the worse. Talzani depends on fate to answer the toughest questions in his life and to comfort him by covering up horrors in his past by blaming it on the power of fate, which is out of his control. Dr Talzani admits, ‘would you believe that sometimes I am so tired, or the cave is so dark, I’m not even sure of the colours I give them’. To make himself feel better he embodies a fatalistic view which is that ‘there is no pattern to who lives or dies in war’.
They blossomed, blossomed!” It is lewis who truly blossoms in Cosi. Do you agree? Louis Nowra’s evocative play entitled ‘Cosi is an earnest representation of society’s perception of a “mentally unstable” person. Set in the 1970’s during the Vietnam War, Nowra parallels the chaos of the war with the madness of the asylum as he positions the audience to condemn the values of society, which treat mentally ill people in barbaric manners. Through the protagonist Lewis Riley, Nowra sets up a journey of self discovery as Lewis undertakes this project of directing Cosi Fan Tutte.
Cara Kildall Period 5 10/17/08 LOTF Final Dictatorship is a slightly barbaric form of government that mistreats its citizens, and is ineffective. People’s mental welfare is in danger, because of the stress and trepidation of trying to live through another day. Also, they live in apprehension of being hurt or, in the case of Lord of the Flies, going crazy. Lawlessness is unhealthy for children and adults, and so a solid government is essential for happiness. Under dictatorship, many citizens feel incredible fear and deep unhappiness.
The Moral Blindness of a Post-Modern Society in “Killings” In Andre Dubus’s short story “Killings,” Dubus emphasizes the idea that there are significant amounts of moral blindness in a post-modern society. He uses not only personal relationships, like those between Frank, Mary Ann, and Richard, but also society as a whole to show how this idea of moral blindness affects everyone. Dubus uses the idea of moral blindness in the story like a crack in a windshield; it starts out small, but as the crack continues to grow, it becomes more dangerous for everyone in the car. No person in this post-modern society is safe from becoming morally blind, but Dubus makes a point to show that nature is unscathed by this pandemic, and is the only morally straight element in this story. Dubus uses the love triangle between Frank, Mary Ann, and Richard to create the idea that love can be a factor in moral blindness.
In “Schizophrenia”, Jim Stephens a good source of imagery and symbolism is used to portray schizophrenia's affect on the mind. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that impairs an individual to know what is reality and what is not, as the illness continues psychotic symptoms follow (www.google.com/health). This is what Stephens is portraying as he set's an example of a house that is falling apart throughout this poem. “It had begun with slamming doors, angry feet scuffing the carpets, dishes slammed into the table, greasy stains spreading on the cloth” (lines 2-4). With the image of a family fighting and angry with each other gives a very good example of one's effect with this disease.
I knew that if they found out they would send me to one of those mental hospitals where they treat everyone like a madman. Everything escalated in my mind, creating situations I wasn’t in. I didn’t want to go, I thought the world was against me and the hospital would just be another bunch of phoneys trying to help freaks with phoney problems like me. I remember, trying to end it all there and then, I was depressed and lost. If Phoebe hadn’t taken it upon herself, to tell Mum and Dad, it could’ve been a lot worse, a whole lot worse.