The Moving Story Of A Suburban Chicago Family

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The 1980 movie, Ordinary People, which starred Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton, is the moving story of a suburban Chicago family that is in the throes of crisis, but one in which the three family members involved deal with (or not deal with) the crisis in very different ways. In this story, the Jarrett’s are left a family of three after the boating accident death of their oldest son. Conrad (Hutton) is the 17 year old surviving son, whose guilt over his part in the accident and the anger and sadness at the death of his brother, leads him to attempt suicide which is an act which has huge implications on the survival of the entire family. The issues explored ...view middle of the document...

Pretend everything is OK and no one will be the wiser.
For some people like Beth, how we are perceived by other people is more important than even the health of our relationships or of the truth. This form of denial is extremely selfish and, as was shown in the movie, because Beth never dealt with it, her family relationships deteriorated to the point that she eventually moved out of her home leaving her husband and son behind.
Her son, Conrad (played by Hutton) is the character with the real issues (attempted suicide, depression, ridicule from friends etc) but he works through the pain and his denial of his own situation (albeit slowly) by seeking out friends to talk with and by volunteering to see a psychiatrist for an extended period of time. As in real life, this is shown to be a very difficult process to get through. The truth is often painful and it may not be something that you want to hear, let alone deal with. By opening up and expressing his feelings and by eventually being real with the psychiatrist, Conrad comes to understand his situation. He finds out for himself who he is really mad at (his dead brother for not being stronger and for leaving him alone in the lake) and he...

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