Essay about Analysis of Cut, by Patricia Mccormick

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Cut, By Patricia McCormick, is a fine example of why some young adult fiction deserves literary serious consideration. As a first person account Cut is not only the story of a young adult’s journey through a mental illness, it also serves as a guide to help others find solutions to their own mental problems. The story is as believable as the well rounded characters who actually make you feel that you are there, in the room, with them. With descriptive detail, this story not only initiates psychological discussion, it also challenges ideological assumptions. As an adolescent text, Cut, will appeal to young readers in that the character, the plot, the setting and the theme are believable, easy to understand and follow and most…show more content…
Through details, choice of words and especially the style in which this story is written, Callie, the narrator, guides our responses as well as our views of the events and people. From Callie “…remember[ing] exactly”(1) how it all started to finally telling us that she “…want[s] to get better”(150) we grow to understand what caused her sense of hopelessness and how she came to deal with wanting to cut herself. By describing to us what Callie was doing, feeling and thinking we are able to gain insight into the psychology of self cutting. We see exactly how Callie cuts herself as she describes how the metal “…sinks in deeply.”(50) as well as how she feels when she cuts: “A sudden liquid heat floods my body.”(51). Callie’s first hand accounts of her self cutting is not clouded by the prior experiences, cultural values or beliefs and we are able to see exactly why and how she does it and how it makes her feel. Cut concedes the ideological assumption that children who experience neglect avoid connections and will rely on themselves to relieve stress. Callie’s father was rarely around and her mother was so consumed with Sam’s asthma and sickness that Callie was often left with nobody to care for her, tell her that she is not responsible for Sam’s condition, and show her the love and attention that she needed. Because she had nobody for support Callie turned to cutting, not because it caused pain

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