Character Analysis Of Sybil By Flora Rheta Schreiber

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Grand Central Publishing released Flora Rheta Schreiber’s book Sybil. Through the book Dr. Wilbur, Sybil’s therapist psychoanalyses Sybil’s sixteen different personalities. The book went through all the different personalities and what is the cause of her dissociation. After her analysis was complete Dr. Wilbur thought a book should be written, this was when Flora was introduced into the picture. Flora had had previous work as a journalist and editor of varying psychiatric papers and articles. After ten years of knowing Sybil Flora finally finished her book about all Sybil’s different personalities. The completed book was not for the faintest of people, many parts were tough to get through and it is suggested that readers be cautious of what …show more content…
A major part of this time was Sybil’s interactions with her grandmother who had taken care of her while her mother had postpartum depression. Sybil’s grandmother lived with them till her death, and in that time Sybil had great joy in going to visit her upstairs. Sybil’s relationship with her grandmother was better than with her mother; the nurturing Sybil needed would never come from her mother so she looked to her grandmother for the comfort. When she became sick of cervical cancer and died when Sybil was 9, the chance to grieve was very short. After her parents denied her the right to attend the service, in the graveyard Sybil wanted to jump in the grave with her grandmother. “She was at the grave, her body poised to jump into it, to join her Grandmother forever. Then there was that hand grabbing her arm with a swift, sharp movement.” (Schreiber). Sybil ‘awoke’ in the fifth grade with no recollection of the past three years that Peggy Ann was in charge for. Her friend Danny Martin helped her catch up on what she missed but when he left in the sixth grade Sybil became lonely and Vicky took over for her. These blackouts continued on and off for years including many of her personalities; Peggy Ann, Peggy Lou, Vicky, and Mary. Along with the blackouts Sybil was subjected to what is called a primal scene. Primal scene is another way to say that Sybil viewed her parent’s intercourse from birth to age 9 when she was finally given her own room. But during her early childhood, she viewed the nonexistent contact by day and overwhelming amounts of contact by night. Many of Sybil’s personalities had to deal with this scene as well: “Observing the primal scene, directly and in silhouette from the time of their individual arrivals, the various selves had different reactions to it.” (Schreiber). Although when Sybil was sick there was a time when

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