I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Analysis Essay

713 Words Mar 12th, 2001 3 Pages
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, by Joanne Greenberg, is a description of a sixteen-year-old girl's battle with schizophrenia, which lasts for three years. It is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences in a mental hospital during her own bout with the illness. This novel is written to help fight the stigmatisms and prejudices held against mental illness.
Joanne Greenberg was born in Brooklyn in 1932, and is a very respected and award-winning author. Because of her experiences as a Jewish-American and having fought her own battle with schizophrenia, Greenberg wrote I Never Promised You a Rose Garden to help people understand what it is like have to face so much hardship. After her illness was treated, she went on
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They blame themselves for what their daughter is facing and they fear what they must do to help her. In spite of this, they manage to gather the courage to get Deborah treatment, and allow it to continue, even though the therapy seems to have no effect for quite some time. These people get help from a brilliant psychiatrist, who is not only strong-willed, but also empathetic towards their situations.
Deborah's therapist, Dr. Clara Fried, gradually gains Deborah's trust, because she never forces Deborah to accept her point of view. While she helps Deborah, the doctor, in turn, comforts Deborah's parents. During the course of the three years, Deborah gains the courage to fight her illness, only with Dr. Fried's expertise. Fried's goal is to allow Deborah to have the opportunity to choose between having a life in the reality of Earth, even though it does have many faults and problems, and living in the phantoms of Yr. While she is in the process of fighting her illness, Deborah builds friendships with the other patients in the hospital even though they have a sort of fear of emotional attachment to other people. Even though she still has fears of the Earth's reality, Deborah goes on to earn a GED degree, and, eventually, wins her struggle against the illness.
This novel does contain some misconceptions about schizophrenia. The way that Deborah is treated in the novel is different from how she would be treated

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