Documentary Analysis: A Crazy Love Story

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Ryan Heinlein
Instructor: Eileen S. Chanza Torres
English 101
27 November 2012
A Crazy Love Story Domestic violence in today’s society has become common and normalized in the United States. When people think of domestic violence, they go straight for physical violence against women. But according to “domesticviolence.org;” Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. The documentary Crazy Love is such a great example because it is a story of two lovers named “Burt Pugach” and “Linda Riss,” who are a perfect example of domestic violence. Burt became enraged that Linda would leave him even though he was still married. In a very vicious manner, Burt hired three black males to go to Linda’s house and to throw acid on her face. Linda received permanent blindness in both of her eyes and a very scarred face. Burt was in prison for 14 years while he still tried to be in contact with the woman he hurt so much. He was released from prison after good behavior and because Linda agreed for Burt to support her. It seems that partners even though they are in love, find themselves in abusive relationships. Many abusive relationships are due to wanting to have control of the other person. According to “domesticviolencestatistics.org;” nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented a breakup.
Domestic violence and abuse is sometimes learned through watching someone being abused. A reason why Burt turned to domestic violence might be because his mother abused him as a young boy. His mother gave Burt severe beatings and they would not stop until his father came home. It gets to a point where it is normal for that person to get hit or be abused in some way. People who were abused or saw someone being abused do not want to be the



Bibliography: Hetling, Andrea, and Haiyan Zhang. "Domestic Violence, Poverty, And Social Services: Does Location Matter? Domestic Violence, Poverty, And Social Services: Does Location Matter? Domestic Violence, Poverty, And Social Services." Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited) 91.5 (2010): 1144-1163. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Dec. 2012. Works Cited Patricelli, Kathryn. "Mental Health Care, Inc." Mental Health Care, Inc. Mental Health Care, Inc., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2012. <http://www.mhcinc.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc>. "Definition - Domestic Violence." Definition - Domestic Violence. N.p., 2009. Web. 01 Dec. 2012. <http://www.domesticviolence.org/definition/>.

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