Character Analysis of Sam Winchester
The show Supernatural is about two brothers following in their father's footsteps to pursue the family business of killing off things that go bump in the night. It all began one night when John Winchester, played by Jeffery Dean Morgan, walks into his infant son's room only to see his wife Mary (played by Samantha Smith) pinned to the ceiling. John hands the infant off to his older son, as his wife spontaneously bursts into flames. The two sons and father live, and they begin to travel the country in hopes of discovering who or what caused the death of their beloved wife and mother. The eldest son Dean (Jenson Ackles) grows to be the typical macho tough guy, intent on fulfilling his father's every wish, along with following his footsteps to be an expert in slaying any and all supernatural beings. The youngest son, Sam (Jared Padalecki) attempts to live the life of a normal teenager, going to law school and having a loving girlfriend whom he hopes to one day marry. One day their father goes missing on what they refer to as a “hunting trip”, and Dean seeks out Sam at college to come with him and find their father. They then begin a long journey, fighting the supernatural and helping others along the way with the help of a family friend named Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), searching for the demon who killed their mother.
The character portrayed by Jared Padalecki, Sam Winchester, stands out the most in regards to having a disorder. He appears to be a paranoid schizophrenic, displaying many symptoms over a period of a few years. After leaving to help his brother find their father, his girlfriend soon dies a similar death to that of his mother, or so he believes, as he begins to experience hallucinations that he refers to as “visions”. Later in the first season, he convinces himself that he must go through “trials”, and at one point believes that he must give up his life to demons that are...
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