Relection on Movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"

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In the movie, What’s eating Gilbert Grape, Arnie is a seventeen-year-old Caucasian male who appears to be suffering from brain damage. Although, no specific information was given about Arnie’s condition, it should be noted that the doctors did not expect him to live beyond the age of twelve. Based on observations of Arnie’s behaviors, he appears to have a language deficiency, poor social skills, disruptive behaviors, and impairment in his cognitive and intellectual functioning. According to the DSM-IV-TR, Arnie meets the criteria for an Axis II diagnosis of mental retardation. Included in the DSM-IV-TR Axis II categories are personality disorders and mental retardation. Mental retardation is not considered a cognitive disorder or a…show more content…
Gilbert has unresolved feelings about his life and his responsibility to his family, and he makes it clear that he has become disgusted with his mother’s appearance. Gilbert is currently engaging in a sexual relationship with one of his married customers, Mrs. Carver. Mrs. Carver is significantly older than Gilbert, which may insinuate that Gilbert is suffering from an attachment disorder due to the lack of attention and affection from his parents. Due to the lack of accurate and often misleading information, society has primarily viewed all mental diseases as hopeless conditions, and those suffering from mental retardation have been associated with stigma and stereotypes that often interferes with people's perceptions of these children and adults. Throughout history, it was believed that institutionalization was the only way to deal with those suffering from a mental disease. It is common for individuals that are suffering from a mental disease to be placed in the criminal justice system due to their erratic behaviors, which may result in them breaking a law. This was apparent in Arnie’s case. Due to Arnie climbing the local tower over and over, the police eventually arrested him. I’m assuming this offense was inappropriate because it could result in public danger and it disturbed the peace. Although, many townspeople gathered around and cheered for Arnie as he climbed to the top of the tower, the town’s sheriff did
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