Many people, throughout their teenage years, struggle with signs of depression emotional challenges. Intensified depression may begin to cause suicidal thoughts. In this case, teenager, Conrad, in the book "Ordinary People," experienced intense depression because of the death of his brother: This caused him to have suicidal thoughts and attempt to end his life. Because Conard attempted suicide, he was sent to a hospital. At which, Conrad ended up building a deep friendship with a girl named Karen. With the similar issues Karen endures as Conrad, such as depression, Judith Guest, in "Ordinary People," shows how Conrad idolizes Karen, which could have affected his path to recovery.
Calvin and Wheaton are two of the top Christian colleges in the midwest. I have read about both schools, applied to both schools, and visited both schools. The two share some similarities, in ideology and sports programs, but they also have many differences, in location, size, and cost. These differences will help elucidate my decision.
Calvin becomes aware that he is not overly obsessed with Conrad, but instead he is a man “who believes in safety”. He wants everything to be safe and doesn’t want to take any risks that would put his family in danger. Calvin thinks about others before himself, he wants to help and make everything better although he could use some of that help himself. He also later realizes that Beth is an unforgiving person. She doesn’t let many things past her even though that’s what she says.
Calvin thinks that Beth’s unwillingness to come back and join them in therapy is a threat to their relationship. He describes himself as powerless and abandoned by her. Also, Calvin is worried about Conrad well-being. He believes Conrad is too sensitive and does not want he blames himself as the reason for the marriage crisis.
In the novel calvin by Martine Leavitt, it describes a young man’s journey of discovery. This book is about a secofenic kid name Calvin, who has hulanations of a man eating tiger named Hobbes. Throughout the novel, Calvin goes on a hike and he overcomes his fears. I belive, that this novel is a good read for teenagers because they can learn to accept themselves, and their differences. They can also learn to stand up to what they believe in, and they can become more effective for those who have mental illness.
The attitudes portrayed in Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man and Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” towards mankind is strikingly similar. Both acknowledge the view that man has dominion over the earth, as created and instituted by God. However, the difference is seen in their approaches to this subject. Pope primarily focuses on man’s pride and place in society, whereas Swift discusses how man deals with certain situations reasonably or unreasonably. Pope and Swift present situations that man has to face in conjunction with illogical conclusions. Besides exhibiting illogical conclusions, they also show the selfish, prideful, rebellious, jealous, and the ungrateful characteristics of man.
Moreover, Calvinism was highly ascetic. Whereas, Catholicism and Lutheranism maintained that believers could essentially “work” for God’s forgiveness through faith, good works, etc., Calvinism stressed “systematic self-control necessary, in every moment” (Weber  2011: p. 127) and the “intensification of good works into a system” (Weber  2011: p. 129). These qualities suggested to Weber that Calvinism was the epitome of rationalism (Weber  2011: p. 130). In the context of religion, rationalization refers to the process of systematically organizing one’s life according to a methodical approach, with an intense orientation towards discipline, and the absence of “magic” or mystical elements (i.e., sacraments that can save the “damned”) (Kalberg 2011a: p. 422). This characteristic is what distinguishes Lutheranism from Calvinism. As opposed to Lutheranism, Weber ( 2011) argues that “Calvinism forced [a] methodical organization of life upon the believer” (p. 135). This is due to the fact that salvation could always be won back in Lutheranism through penance. In contrast, Calvinism offered no means to acquire salvation, only hints or signs which were based on “uninterrupted self-control” and the “planned regulation of one’s own life” (Weber  2011: p. 136). Lutheranism was also characterized by less asceticism due to its teaching that salvation could be acquired. Therefore, Weber ( 2011) also maintains that “Lutheranism lacks the psychological
Berger also helped reduce Conrad’s feelings of remorse. Conrad felt a lot of guilt for attempting suicide because he felt his mother, Beth would never forgive him. They had a very rocky relationship due
After reading the DSM-5 is was clear to me that Conrad was suffering from persistent depressive disorder. In order to be diagnosed with PDD you must have a depressed mood for most of the day, which in children and adolescents lasts for a year. Conrad’s problems have been going on for just over a year, as his brother died in early summer and the book takes place the next fall. His depressed mood is apparent from the very start of the book, as he mentions not having
After Conrad's suicide attempt, all the characters need to figure themselves out. Calvin, Conrad's dad is more concerned with how Conrad is doing than anyone else. Conrad and Calvin's daily conversation consist of, "How's going it going? School. Swimming. Everything okay? Yeah, fine. Same as yesterday. What does that mean? A faint smile. It means you ask me that every day. Sorry. He smiles, too." (Guest 11). Nobody understands who they truly are. "He laughs now, out loud. See? Haven't lost your sense of humor after all but your sense of identity is what seems to have been misplaced. No. Wrong. You don't lose what you never had."(Guest 35) Conrad is focused on moving on from his suicide attempt, but every thing he does Calvin,
Berger, "She loved my brother, too. It's just me"(120). He concluded that Beth could not love him because there was something wrong with him. After the big fight that Conrad had with his parents, he revealed to his father his opinion of Beth's feelings for him. Conrad tells him, "All right, then. She hates me"(114). Because Conrad felt that there was something wrong with him, he did not know how to react to situations nor did he know when to express his feelings. For his Christmas present, Conrad's parents and grandparents bought him a car. His response to this extravagant present was, "Yeah, okay… Thank you both, it's beautiful really. It's terrific"(126). He was not overly excited, as one should be, on receiving such an extraordinary gift. He was not quite sure how to act, so he repressed all of his feelings. In an early conversation with Berger, Conrad said, "What I'm doing here is that I had to come"(41). This proves that Conrad was in denial of his psychological state and foreshadows Conrad's severe state of depression. Conrad repressed all of his feelings and emotions. He told Berger, "I don't feel anything"(98). Later on in the conversation, Berger told Conrad that the "Only way you're ever gonna get to know him [the guy in the closet] is to let him out now and then."(100) This alludes to the fact that Conrad repressed his feelings and was extremely depressed. All of these factors led to
As the year progresses, Conrad becomes interested in this girl name Jeannine Pratt, who just move to Lake Forest. They go on dates and spend a lot of time together. That spring his parents decided to go on a get away vacation just for two of them, since Beth believes Calvin worries too much about and needs some time to relax. So Conrad goes stay at his grandparents house. One day, He saw in the newspaper that his friend Karen has committed suicide and past away. He was very shock about this. The only thing that was on his mind was about his suicide attempt, his time with Karen, and his decent brother. Immediately, that night he called Berger and ask to meet up with him immediately. Conrad finally comes to realize that he has been living in Buck’s shoes. Like Berger said, he needs to live for himself and for others, and needs to open up for a change. From then on, he began to let his inner self heal and enjoy his relationship with Karen. Soon after, his mom move to Europe when they returned from the trip. Conrad and his dad move to Evanston and started a new life. Conrad starts to open up to Calvin more, instead of blocking him out of this
Conrad even starts talking to Jeaninne a lot sooner in the movie then in the book. She helps him overcome his depression. Seeing Dr.Berger also helped him with his depression. He helps him decide to quit the swim team, and that makes him less stressed, but it happens at different times in the book and the
Conrad's father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrad's suicide attempt. Though the logical part of Cal's brain tells him it wasn't his fault he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad. Conrad's mother, Beth, on the other hand thinks that Cal worries too much about Conrad. Beth thinks that Conrad is just trying to hurt her. Conrad tells Beth that he would tell her more about him if he thought she "gave a damn." Conrad tells Beth that he thinks she is the one trying to hurt him. Conrad finally releases all of his emotions when his mother confronts him about his quitting the swimming team. Conrad tells Beth how what he thinks of her visiting other countries instead of visiting him at the mental institution. After the fight, Conrad tells his father "She hates me. There's nothing I can do about it." Beth is a very unforgiving person, and Conrad doesn't think that she will ever forgive him for his suicide attempt.
The point of my observations should be quite clear by now, namely that Joseph Conrad