Whiplash Character Analysis

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SYMPTOMS OBSERVED IN THE CHARACTER

Within the movie “Whiplash” the protagonist, Andrew Neiman, is an aspiring drummer in an intensive music academy. He works hard for his dream of becoming “one of the greats” or in other words one of the most renowned drummers ever. Unfortunately, his conductor, Terence Fletcher doesn’t agree. He pushes Neiman to his absolute limits and then further. Within the movie one sees the lengths at which one will go to make someone the absolute best of the best as Fletcher screams, throws things at, discourages, puts down, and belittles Neiman again and again. Throughout the movie Fletcher continuous shows the audience that he is not “normal” as society would define the word. He is intense, speaks almost entirely
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He reaches the other criteria as he is over 18 years of age and his behavior is not in occurrence with either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Fletcher is irritable and aggressive. Everything from a tiny little hiccup in tempo or anything that he considers not to be perfect he gets physical and even slaps Neiman once. This slapping also displays that he has a reckless disregard for the safety of others. He also at one point lies to his class about a boy he had taught, Sean Casey. He says the Casey died in a car crash when in fact he committed suicide. Lastly, he has no remorse for his actions. Near the end of the film he tell Neiman that he did everything he did to make people the best and he didn’t care who he hurt along the way. Although, Fletcher is neither impulsive nor irresponsible he does meet the criteria in order to be diagnosed with Antisocial Personality …show more content…
The main difference between the two disorders is that people diagnosed with OCPD don’t realize they have a problem and it doesn’t normally affect their day-to-day life enough to hinder them. Unfortunately this is not the case for those with OCD. People with OCD have thoughts, urges, and compulsions to do certain things and this can sometimes lead to them to have to do certain things for long periods of time that they feel like they have to do. They feel the need to do these certain acts otherwise horrible things will happen. As of this definition it is clear that Terrance Fletcher doesn’t display the proper symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to be diagnosed with it.

WHAT’S MISSING Within “Whiplash” because Terrance Fletcher isn’t the main character there are certain things that we can’t be sure of when diagnosing him. We don’t know anything about his childhood, personal life, how he truly views the world, or how he feels and thinks. Without this knowledge we can’t successfully diagnose him with many of these disorders or dismiss the idea of certain diagnoses. For example, because we don’t know anything about his childhood we can’t properly diagnose him with Antisocial Personality Disorder. Part of the criteria for the disorder is for the patient to have had an onset at fifteen years old. Without this knowledge we can’t say that

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