Analysis Of Ordinary People By Judith Guest

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Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, is a well written novel, well suited for high school students to read in the public school classroom because of its strong focus on mental illness, including depression, and the aftermath of death, in the lives of both teens and adults. Written in 1976, the text was banned in many public settings due to language, casual, but non-explicit, sex scenes, and the destigmatized discussion of mental illness.
The main themes of Ordinary People include ways in which people cope with loss and the successive healing process, and the role and importance of communication to maintain healthy and dynamic relationships.
“Good manners have nothing to do with communication (Ordinary People),” if people only say what they believe people want to hear and censor their thoughts and emotions, it limits their ability to have an open and honest exchange. Additionally, obscenity is occasionally
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For such a prevalent problem, the subject is widely misunderstood and underrepresented in the general public. Books like Ordinary People are vital to the education of teens, because they bring attention to important topics that often otherwise go unaddressed. A mental illness is a disease which disturbs thought and behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. The onset of mental illness often begins upon entering middle or high school, along with the introduction of new expectations from outside sources, and from themselves. One of the most frightening things about mental illness for those who don’t understand it, is the lack of control. If someone can’t control what’s going on inside of their head, then what else can’t they control? This is where the public distrust and fear of violence stems from, and the general public would rather ignore that which they fear, instead of facing the fear head on and confronting the

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