By Jim Stevens
"Schizophrenia" by Jim Stevens is a poem depicting the way a schizophrenic person 's brain works. In the first line of the poem Jim Stevens says "It was the house that suffered the most". Although he is using the visualization of a house, I believe that he is really just using imagery to portray a human. I believe that each stanza portrays a different symptom of Schizophrenia.
Through my studies of this poem, I was unable to find any documentation of the poet, Jim Stevens; therefore I was unable to assess his life and his reasoning behind writing this poem. Because of this I have had to make my own assumption that Jim Stevens might be writing this poem about himself. His lack of publication leaves a …show more content…
The word schizophrenia in Latin is broken up to (skhizein) and (phrēn) which literally means 'to split ' the 'mind ' CITATION Oxf14 \l 1033 (Oxford Dictionaries). These lines signify the borders being drawn, the mind splitting up into two. Each part of the mind is choosing its side and staying there. In line 15 it says "the house divided against itself", I believe this is directly related to the first line where it says "it was the house that suffered the most". The author is
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Stevens also introduces personification by giving feelings to the house throughout the poem. He describes the house to suffer and to be “divided against itself” (Stevens 880-881). By personifying the house, the reader can figure out that Stevens is really talking about the schizophrenic’s sanity. Stevens’ constant personification of the house develops into an extended metaphor. Stevens uses this comparison of a house to a schizophrenic, to explain the chaos that occurs in the house, much like the chaos that occurs within the mind of a schizophrenic. This fundamental metaphor of the poem makes it easier for readers to follow along with the meaning of each line and create a picture of what Steven presents. Within each stanza, Stevens includes the state of the “house”, or the schizophrenic (Stevens 880). For example, in the fifth stanza, Stevens writes, “The house divided against itself” (Stevens 880). He explains that the schizophrenic has become self-destructive. Stevens shows the progression of the disorder and the deterioration of the mind. Thus, he stays true to his metaphor, carrying the comparison from the poem’s beginning to end. By creating a powerful metaphor, Stevens’ usage of onomatopoeia evokes readers’ emotion,
Jim Stevens “Schizophrenia” is open to interpretation. The title “Schizophrenia” sticks out because it is a mental disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks, and acts; it leads the reader to believe this poem has a dark undertone. Each line gives a story of how a family deals with the issues of two people in a relationship. For instance, in the last line of the poem, "It was the House that suffered the most" (Stevens line 1), Stevens indicates the relationship was not a happy one and the house suffered for it. He sets up the image with this opening line and repeats it in the close of the poem. Throughout the poem, the house transforms from a symbol to a person.
Paranoia, hallucinations, emotional withdrawal - . fFor victims of schizophrenia everyday life is a strange and terrifying journey. Schizophrenia shatters people’s ability to feel, to communicate, to understand or interact with the everyday world. The symptoms represent what we know best about the disease however no one knows exactly why it strikes, who the next victim will be and how to reverse its life ruining effects.
These words are the description of schizophrenia, written by a woman who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Elyn Saks. Her
Jim Stevens left this poem up to interpretation. The title “Schizophrenia” sticks out because it is a mental disorder that affects how a person feels thinks and acts; thus, it leads the reader to believe this poem has a dark undertone. Each line gives a story of how a family deals with the issues of two people in a relationship. For instance, in the last line of the poem, "It was the House that suffered the most" (Stevens line 1), Stevens indicates the relationship was not a happy one and the house suffered for it. He sets up the image with this opening line and repeats it in the close of the poem. Throughout the poem the house transforms in to a person.
Schizophrenia means split brain, not to be confused with dissociative identity disorder, it really means split from reality. Neal Shusterman’s son had schizophrenia and he shared his journey by writing a book called Challenger Deep. Within the book, Shusterman teaches us, through imagery like this son’s drawings, the ship, and the white kitchen, what it is like to be schizophrenic. In the book, Shusterman added his son’s original drawing of when he had the mental illness. Caden drew them while he was “in the depths” so you can see his journey through his drawings (Shusterman 311). You can see his drawing get more chaotic then get better as he grows worse and heals. Caden has many haluctionations in the hospital, and most of them are of the
Schizophrenia is responsible for life-long mental illness that presents an abnormal reality to those diagnosed with it. It can cause hallucinations, delusion, decreased motivation and judgement, erratic behavior, substance abuse, among other symptoms. Schizophrenia and mental illness, in general, can be a tricky subject in terms of an accurate portrayal. However, even inaccurate portrayals can help readers understand its implications. The way that authors write schizophrenic characters and their relationships in their works can leave an enduring impact. Considering only the following story of a likely schizophrenic protagonist, readers are presented a sensible mentally ill character who may not have a happy ending but does leave a lasting impression in those readers who become familiar with him. In Young Goodman Brown, Hawthorne touches on the reality of those inflicted with such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and does not shy away from showing the dark implications it may have on their life.
“Schizophrenia,” written by Jim Stevens depicts how a person with mental illness behave. The author uses the house to symbolize the suffering that people around the sick person lives every day. In my personal experience I know that this disease is more serious than it seems to be. The affected person does not realize the harm is causing to others, and do not want to assume that is sick. Most of them refuse to receive treatment and they find people around them guilty for what is happening. Schizophrenia affects the way people interact and make them be extremely aggressive. The author portrays how the house was destroyed, and although he does not mention any specific character, the house is being destroyed with people inside of it. The author
In this week’s readings chapter twelve is about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder in which personal, social, and occupational functioning deteriorate as a result of strange perceptions, unusual emotions, and motor abnormalities. This disorder is very interesting, but also kind of scary to me. They literally end up in their own world, losing contact with reality. With that, they also experience hallucinations or delusions, which can cause them to do abnormal, possibly dangerous actions. These symptoms must last six months or more before the person can be diagnosed with schizophrenia. It will affect 1 out of 100 people in the world during ones lifetime. This disorder, unlike many others, is just as common among men and women,
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Schizophrenia as a Biological Disorder As well as the biological approaches there are physiological, psychological and environmental explanations. New theories of schizophrenia are constantly being developed each having their own advantages and disadvantages. How do we know however, which one is correct? The biological explanation suggests that schizophrenia is produced by an unfortunate combination of genes or is due to physical problems in the brain.
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This essay focuses on the diagnosis of schizophrenia, a major mental illness with much stigma and misinformation associated with it. World Health Organisation (WHO, 2012) epidemiological evidence suggests that schizophrenia is a mental illness affecting 24 million people worldwide. This essay will define schizophrenia and its characteristic signs and symptoms in relation to cognition, mood, behaviour and psychosocial functioning. The criteria enabling a diagnosis of schizophrenia are explored, as well as contemporary nursing care and pharmacological treatments. The positive and negative signs and symptoms of schizophrenia will be discussed and the treatment and care requirements outlined by the NSW Mental Health Act (2007) are also
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Schizophrenia” ? Sadly, most people react with “they’re going to hurt me” or “they’re not normal”. The main cause behind schizophrenia is believed to be that there is two neurotransmitters that have a change in their levels. This causes the person to generally have memory problems, makes them easily agitated, might make them very anxious and they also might not have good emotional responses. The symptoms caused by it are different for everyone, which I will explain later. So today I am going to tell you about Schizophrenia and what it does to people. In my paper, I will enlighten you on the causes of it, the symptoms and the people it affects. I will also tell you how the families
Stevens makes this fact apparent from the beginning of the poem, when he notes not only “human revery” but also “the sexual myth” and the “poem of death” (1). Therefore, these defined formulations are only categories of a greater whole, which remains unmentioned in the poem. In deliberating on Stevens’s poems, we can come to understand this encompassing whole as the imagination, which impels an individual to make “eccentric propositions” about his or her life and fate (4-5, 10).