Literature is the vehicle of society. Since the dawn of language, the written word has been humanity’s greatest tool, and its greatest weapon. Throughout history, the greatest literary minds are those capable of eliciting emotion and asking the questions that demand answers. When scholars think of works with ‘literary merit,’ they call upon the stories that have stood the test of time. These works challenge the widely accepted norms of their respective time periods in a way that sets them apart from their contemporaries. In this way, The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick is a novel deserving of solid literary recognition. Quick’s story tackles the pervasive issue of mental illness in America, and challenges the reader to look through the lens of a victim of a serious medical condition. Rarely does a novel effectively refute commonly accepted stereotypes and assumptions as The Silver Linings Playbook does. The story, and subsequent message of hope from Pat Peoples, the main character, is one that transcends social and literary boundaries. Clever rhetorical techniques and devices only exemplify the central theme of optimism, while also creating a perspective that forces the reader to think differently. Not all stories have the endings we may expect or wish for ourselves. However, this novel calls us to seek something greater than ourselves and face our problems head on. This advice is universal and applicable in any era or situation. By the traditional definition, The Silver Linings Playbook has enough literary excellence and emotional value to warrant considerable literary merit.
Works of literary excellence have the capability to challenge the accepted beliefs and values of a society. In The Silver Linings Playbook, both ...
... middle of paper ...
...s is right; every story has a silver lining. But it is once we open ourselves to life and its endless possibilities that we may find it.
Banach, Jennifer. "How to Write a Good Essay." Bloom's How to Write about Kurt Vonnegut. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2012. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 4 June 2014
Corrigan, Patrick, et al. "Perceptions of discrimination among persons with serious mental illness." Psychiatric Services 54.8 (2003): 1105-1110.
Crisp, Arthur H., et al. "Stigmatisation of people with mental illnesses." The British Journal of Psychiatry 177.1 (2000): 4-7.
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. New York: Harper, 2003. Print.
Quick, Matthew. The Silver Linings Playbook. New York: Sarah Crichton /Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Print.
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: a Lively and Entertaining Guide to
In conclusion, the brilliant novel “How To Read Literature Like A Professor” by Thomas C. Foster is a fantastic novel that helps grasp the basic ideas and structure that makes up a work of literature. Foster’s laid-back attitude made a major contribution to the great tone of the novel, and made it easier to understand. Many connections were included in the novel, along with some great quotes. After reading this novel, I have a better idea of what to look for when reading a novel.
Meyer, Michael, ed. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999.
Clients experienced stigma in regards to three factors including discrimination, stigma related to disclosure of their mental illness, and rejection of any positive aspects regarding their mental illness. When clients experienced any type of stigma mentioned above, this caused a regression in their treatment. This study found that 89.7% of the participants in the study experienced discrimination for their diagnosis, and 88.4% felt uncomfortable when disclosing their diagnosis (2015). This article supports Rosenhan’s findings that suggest the inpatient staff members’ attitudes and preconceived notions about the psuedopatients and patients created an environment that cultivated depersonalization. Treating those with a diagnosis as “insane” and avoiding contact (or abusing the patients in much more severe circumstances) caused clients to experience stigma and therefore regress in their treatment (1973), much like the participants in the study conducted in San
In the movie Silver Linings Playbook, the protagonist, Pat has been released from a mental hospital. Pat is hospitalized after discovering his wife, Nicky, cheating with the high school history teacher, and almost beating him to death. During his hospital stay, Pat is diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder. Bipolar disorder is very difficult to diagnose, often times it is difficult to diagnose due to its similarities with other disorders (Craighead, Miklowitz, & Craighead, 2013, p. 364). Bipolar I order is a very debilitating mental disorder due to its symptomology and how much it negatively impacts the client’s ability to function. In the case of Pat, it is very clear that he meets the criteria for bipolar disorder I.
The purpose of this paper is to give a student perspective critic on the movie “Silver Lining Playbook”. The main points include, the behaviors and diagnosis of Patrick Solitano, and his father, Pat Solitano Sr., and Tiffany Maxwell. We discuss the how well they performed their role as a person with a certain mental disorder, if the symptoms were accurately portrayed cor-rectly and the treatments they used. By this, we watched the movie, and used five references from different websites, which included the history, treatment, causes, and effects, of the certain mental disorder. By using the sources, we could draw
Claire Henderson, Sara Evans-Lacko, Clare Flach, Graham, Thornicrofi. "Responses to Mental Health Stigma Questions: "The Importance of Social Desirability and Data Collection Method." Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Mar 2012. Vol 57, No3. Nursing/Academic Edition. Web. 01 Apr 2014.
The film Silver Linings Playbook is a fictional story, that focuses on a mentally ill man who suffers from extreme mood swings, depression, delusions, and hypomanic and manic episodes. I would diagnose Pat as someone who is suffering from Bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a disorder in which an individual experiences the presence of at least one major depressive episode, at least one hypomanic episode, and no history of mania. Throughout the film Pat experienced at least one Manic episode. This episode forced him into becoming arrested and hospitalized. He was unable to control his behavior, and it seemed that at first he wasn’t understanding why. When diagnosing a Manic episode, it does not need to last a full week, if it results
The two different types of stigma have different effects on the attitude towards those with mental health issues. The public stigma can lead to discrimination and prejudice. The prejudice and discrimination that result from the public stigma can prevent those diag...
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. New York: Quill, 2003. Print.
This stereotype contributes to the stigma individuals’ face and encourages social exclusion and intolerance, especially in schizophrenia (Ray & Brooks Dollar, 2014). Ken sought out help and went to the emergency room because he recognized he was severely depressed. There, the doctor promised he would not be put in restraints, yet when he was taken to the hospital, he was placed in restraints because it was company policy (Steele & Berman, 2001). Due the stigma that individuals with mental illness are violent, Ken was not treated fairly (Stuart & Arboleda-Florez, 2012). Stuart and Arboleda-Florez (2012) are very credible authors to be writing on the effects of stigma in mental health. Both authors have experience in psychiatry, combatting stigma and mental health issues.
There are many ways in which the mentally ill are degraded and shamed. Most commonly, people are stated to be “depressed” rather than someone who “has depression”. It is a common perception that mental illnesses are not a priority when it comes to Government spending just as it is forgotten that most mental health disorders can be treated and lead a normal life if treatment is successful. The effect of this makes a sufferer feels embarrassed and feel dehumanized. A common perception is that they should be feared or looked down upon for something they have not caused. People experience stigma as a barrier that can affect nearly every aspect of life—limiting opportunities for employment, housing and education, causing the loss of family ...
Cook et al. (2005) indicates that more than 60% of working age individuals with mental a disorder are not in the workforce. While there are cases where these individuals are severely affected by their conditions, and are unable to work, most them face a lot of challenges and disadvantages in finding a decent job. There are also people who are in the workforce, but are underemployed, which means they want to work more, but do not have the opportunity to work at their full capacity. Low expectations and achievement standards are the results of the prejudice towards people with mental a disorder (Stuart, 2006, p. 522). This in turn discourages them from participating in the workforce or progressing in their