Fears can paralyse individuals by making them feel anxious and paranoid with their lives and surroundings. They would be constantly worried about what’s happening around them, which causes them to feel restless and isolated. In ‘Look Both Ways’, Meryl experiences her fear with death after attending her Dad’s funeral and witnessed a man getting run over by a train. She realises that death can happen to anyone at unexpected times. She starts to perceive negative things and death happening to her. Her anxiety has caused her mind to imagine and turn things into worst case scenarios. When she’s walking, she imagines the train derailing overhead and crash on top of her, and when she sees a man walking a dog, she sees him as a threat whom is
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Nick is accepting the fact that he has cancer while Meryl is still dealing with grief, and they both don’t know whether they should tell each other their problem and what to talk about otherwise. Sarah Watt uses photo montage to show others Nick’s feelings and thoughts at times. The different images flashings in his mind to show what he is thinking and his fears of having cancer as well as the memories that he is unable to discuss with anyone. Fear often effect the ability of people to express their emotions and unable to connect with others making them paralysed and isolated.
While some are paralysed by fear, some deal with it by facing it and making a decision. By making a decision, they can become a better person and not feeling anxious all the time. In ‘Look Both Ways’, Andy is a journalist who uses media as a way to deal with anxiety and has an obsession with suicide. He is also very insensitive and inconsiderate of others. Nick is afraid of responsibilities and doesn’t like kids, he likes his single life where he is able to do whatever he wants. Although he is living a single, he is depressed and has a dark personality because of the fact that he is alone. When he got Anna pregnant, he thinks that she’s done it on purpose to pin him down in a serious relationship with responsibilities. However, in the end, Nick decides to face his anxiety by making a decision