Analysis on Th Charachters of the Movie Ordinary People

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Amber Rodriguez
Stocker
Psychology
12/10/2011
My Analysis on the characters of
“Ordinary People”
In the movie ordinary people our main character is Conrad Jarrett played by actor Timothy Hutton it is displayed that he is ultimately suffering from a case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one or accident. In Conrad’s case this diagnosis suits him very well multiple time throughout the movie Conrad display symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Conrad is struck with guilt throughout the movie he feels as though his brother’s death was somehow his fault and another reason I believe Conrad may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder also because he shows that these feelings of guilt continue and eventually increase, becoming so strong that they keep Conrad from enduring a normal life. In the movie Conrad also shows that he repeatedly attempts to avoid his friends and also his old way of life. For example he starts by no longer associating with friends then eventually quitting the swim team all in an effort to avoid the pain involved by remembering his brother and his death. When Conrad makes effort to cope with his feelings he goes to a Psychologist’s Dr. Berger played by actor Judd Hirsch he is asked what he is coming to his office for and Conrad says that he wants to get in control of his emotions so that others would not worry. Unfortunately, Conrad does not get what he right off the bat needs because first Dr. Berger wants know a little about his past and Conrad snaps back at Dr. Berger a sure fire Defense Mechanism because he did not originally have to admit that he tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized for four months. When Conrad’s friend Karen does not pick up the phone he gets worried and then eventually Karen’s parents I would...
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