Schizophrenia By Jim Stephens: Poem Analysis

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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 ( 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. Depending on the type of schizophrenia a individual would feel very angry, violent and a numerous other symptoms ( “Certain doors were locked at night, feet stood there for hours outside them, dishes were left unwashed, the cloth disappeared under the hardened crust. The house came to miss the shouting voices, the threats, the half apologies, noisy reconciliations, the sobbing that followed” (5-11). In the beginning of this stanza there is a good image of people just waiting there for a individual. With this, it is shown to be a symbol of a individual sleeping, the only…show more content…
With this said, no matter what goes on in or outside of this house it is the house that suffers the most. People can walk by and look at it in shame, but those individuals are not going through the pain and anguish that this individual would have to endure with this disease and the many different treatments of this disease. With the imagery given by Stephens throughout this entire poem of a deteriorating house full of an angry family inside is a exceptional symbol of a person with this disease and the conflicts that they have to
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