Impulse Essay

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SAT Essay # 3 In the book, Fahrenheit 451, the author writes about how powerful good literature is. One of the characters, Faber, encompasses this feeling by saying, “This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life…” This is very true in the statement that good literature, such as the book Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, rings true on many levels; such that a person may only show what they want others to see, not always does a mental illness fade after treatment, and that sometimes shared bad experiences can allow people to create relationships with others. Not everything a person shows is his reality. In the novel, Impulse, one of the main characters, Carter, is a rich and entitled teenager, but he tries to commit suicide. He hid how he really felt from his family, so nobody knew that he was so sad. Someone that I once knew tried to hide her feelings; however, it didn’t end well for her seeing that she passed. In another book about a similar topic, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the main character hides his depression from his family and friends. When he admits himself to the hospital, no one has any idea how sad he actually is. This shows how not showing your reality can lead to drastic downfalls, such as what happened in Impulse. In addition, staying in a hospital for mental illness can help most of the time. In Impulse, Carter does eventually kill himself, just before finishing treatment. The other two main characters come through just fine, proving that most often, a person can – and will – make it out okay. My stay at an institution helped me, and many other patients, get better; by telling us how our brain chemistry isn’t our fault. However, someone I had befriended didn’t end up getting better, and
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