1) The loss of Nell's twin sister had a dramatic effect on her. Nell and May
were raised in a secluded environment with no outside contact. As a result, May
and Nell became very close emotionally and were an integral part in each others
lives. When May died, Nell lost part of her life as well which resulted in
vivid memory replay. A good example of this is when Nell was turning around in
circles by herself but, in her mind, she was turning around in circles with her
missing half. At the end of the movie, the evidence of the importance of May in
Nell's life was still evident as Nell played will Jerry's daughter on the rocks
that May and her once played on. The movie did portray what is generally
believed about twins. The loss of one had a dramatic effect on the other.
They had their own twin speech and their own games. At the end of 20 plus years,
Nell still felt the loss of her twin sister.
2) The expert psychologist in the movie believed that Nell was mentally
retarded and had made a small amount of intellectual development as a result of
being raised in seclusion. Fortunately, they were wrong. The speech that Nell
gave in the courtroom proved that she had developed intellectually. While the
language that she used was different, Nell still gave a good list of very
abstract ideas that someone who is mentally retarded could not possibly
comprehend. Nell understood why she was different saying that she was raised in
a small world and knew small things unlike the large things found in the city of
Charlotte, N.C. This proved that Nell was very capable of living by herself and
taking care of herself.
3) The experts, in the beginning of the movie, said that Nell was not
capable of making the correct judgments to make in the world by herself. They
did not believe that Nell had the wisdom to make the correct choices in life
situations. It seemed evident to me that Nell already possessed more than
enough wisdom to make it on her own.... [continues]
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