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Dont Get Too Close Ordinary People by Judith Guest is a well written novel that takes you through the life of a typical upper class American family The main character in the book is Conrad Jarret He is the son of Calvin and Beth Jarret Conrad also had a deceased brother Buck who was killed in a tragic boating accident This brings us to the reoccurring theme throughout the book The lack of intimacy in Conrads life is portrayed throughout the book Bucks tragic death has caused Conrad to be weary of close relationships He trys not to get too close to anyone through the beginning of the story but as the story progresses he starts to develop closer relationships and his intimate side is revived At the beginning of the story we see a depressed and downhearted Conrad racing through the things that he has to do in the days to come Our first impression of Conrads relationship with his parents is found on Pg 4 when he is thinking about what his parents are talking about downstairs He says to himself They certainly would not be talking about anything important The reader gets the impression that he has sour feelings toward his parents Conrad at this point has just returned from the hospital after trying to kill himself Ever since the death of Buck he had turned himself into a different person He always blamed himself for things and kept his distance from others The only person who seems to show intimacy is Calvin at the beginning of the book On pg7 Calvin gives Beth a kiss and tells her that he loves her In return Beth says I love you but in the next breath she is telling Calvin to reprimand Conrad about the type of clothes he wears Ever since Bucks death Conrad had disassociated himself with others and tried to keep to himself He doesnt do things like
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