Characters Dealing with Depression in Two Popular Contemporary Novels

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“3.3% of 13 to 18 year olds have experienced a seriously debilitating depressive disorder” (“Depression” 3). Living in a world of perfection and happiness as a teenager is not part of the status quo. The ordinary teenager lives a life of depression and loneliness. Teenagers spend their years trying to affiliate themselves with society. This process takes self-sacrifice and abandoning those who love them the most. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a novel written by Mark Haddon, Christopher Boone is the main character. Whereas Craig Gilner is the main character in Ned Vizzini’s novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Both characters must find their way into society by fighting their fears and realizing who they are. As a…show more content…
Ever since Craig was a child, he strived to become a map maker. Being a map maker is an anchor in Craig’s life, meaning it is something that makes him euphoric (Vizzini 27). One night, Craig contemplates committing suicide. Finally, he decides he wants to overcome his depression, so he calls 1-800-SUICIDE (148). This is a big step in Craig gaining independence because it reveals that he wants to rescue himself. Finally Craig arrives at the hospital and he checks himself in. While waiting, he realizes that he is not in the hospital to make himself feel better, he is there for help with his depression (161). After depression is dealt with and independence is gained, the progression of Bildungsroman begins. Throughout Haddon’s novel, Christopher experiences Bildungsroman. When Christopher begins writing his murder mystery novel, his progression of Bildungsroman begins (Haddon 4). Then Christopher’s father tells him that he had killed Wellington (120). His father is metaphorically abandoning Christopher. After passing his A level, receiving a dog named Sandy, and planning his future, Christopher is content (220). When Christopher is finally content, he completes his Bildungsroman progression, just as Craig does in It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Throughout Vizzini’s novel, Craig experiences Bildungsroman. Bildungsroman is when the protagonist of a story goes through an individual journey in which they find themselves. They must leave

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