Mentality In The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

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Was Eleanor mentally healthy or unhealthy? In the book The Haunting of Hill House written by Shirley Jackson, the main character was Eleanor Vance a 32-year-old woman that showed signs, early on, that she was mentally unhealthy. After her invitation to stay at Hill House from Dr. Montague, a stranger that had never met Eleanor; nor any of the other people that he had invited, Eleanor decided to accept Dr. Montague’s invite to Hill House. Eleanor took a wild leap of faith that she was not going to be met by some sick individual, for a crazy “experiment” when she made the care free choice to accept the invitation. She felt as though Hill House was her calling, even though she had never even laid eyes on the property and had no knowledge of …show more content…
She always daydreamed and lived in her own thoughts and fantasies. It seemed that she was not able to clearly rationalize and was unable to stay in tune with reality. While on her way to Hill House she passed a home, that she had never seen or visited before, and visualized her whole life all the way through until her death. She daydreamed about polishing her stone lions and how her dinners would be kept, the canopy above her bed and many other things. Her fantasy shifted from her life as a little old woman, to seeing signs and thinking she was a daredevil (12,13). Yes, an imagination is always fun to have but, as a 32-year-old woman, Eleanor should have been able to control her very detailed and crazy …show more content…
Speaking from personal experience in dealing with a mentally unhealthy adult that is bipolar, and that is unable to think rationally and lives in a fantasy world made up of lies and paranoia, Eleanor showed all the same traits. Certain events that may have taken place in her life might have kicked her mind into a different unhealthy state; such as isolation from the world to take care of her ill mother, or even the death of her father when she was a small child. There could be a multitude of things that could have set her mind into the very different and unhealthy state of mind that she was in, the very same unhealthy state that caused her to take her own

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