I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Analysis Essay
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 …show more content…
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