Ordinary People 2 Essay

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Ordinary People 2


The book Ordinary People explains the troubles that occur in a typical American family.
The family, the Jarrets, tries to maintain as much as a normal life as possible without a
dysfunctional status. In the beginning of the story, the family deals with minor problems
that had little impact to them. Since they had just moved to a new house in a new
neighborhood, they try to establish relationships with other neighbors. Their son, Conrad,
faces depression in which he must recover from through frequent visits to the hospital,
and to his psychiatrist. The father of the family, Calvin, is a determined and responsible
man, is positive on his outlook in life and looks forward to everything, including having
a productive day at work. He tries to take care of Conrad by giving sending him to a
psychiatrist. The mother, Beth, a strong working woman, is also like Calvin; she is
responsible to the family as well. Obviously, the parents have no personal problems, but
ironically they create conflicts with each other. Although these conflicts are very minor,
they eventually build up to separate the family later on throughout their marriage. An
example of this was seen while the parents had troubles deciding where and when to go on
vacation during their night out at dinner, because both their times conflicted with each
other. The both of them always had minor conflicts that sprouted out every once in a
while, but they were acceptable to each other. Conrad on the other hand had problems with
his low self-esteem, grades in school, depression, suicide and interacting with other
people. The loss of Buck brought Conrad down to his depression and low self-esteem, which
eventually collapsed on his academic achievements in school. Also his social attitude
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