Analysis Of The Movie ' Silver Linings Playbook ' Essay

752 Words Oct 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Silver Linings Playbook illustrates a tale of a young man, Pat, who struggles with mental illness and his life after his mental “snap”. Pat is not the only person in this film to struggle with a mental disorder, his father and his soon to be girlfriend all have their own battle. Pat, the main character, is just released from a mental institution because of, what is referred to in the movie, his “snap”. Soon after being released from the institution, the viewers are informed Pat is diagnosed with being bipolar. The third edition of Psychology by Richard Griggs states that “bipolar disorder is an emotional roller coaster, with the person’s mood swinging from manic highs to depressive lows [Griggs, Psychology].” This diagnosis seems to be right on the nose because Pat repeatedly goes from moments of happiness and positivity to anger and rage in a matter of minutes. The movie somewhat-accurately portrays Pat’s mental disorder because it shows the chaoticness inside his mind. The audience almost hears this drum beat as Pat’s anger begins to build. The viewers see the tension rising and feel the rage inside Pat. However, the movie has one weakness when portraying Pat and bipolar disorder, Pat does not have enough outbursts. There is a scene at a dinner when Tiffany screams Pat is harassing her when he clearly was not. This is a very stressful event which would have caused a lashing out in everyone, especially a with bipolar. But, Pat is someone able to keep it under…

Related Documents