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Ordinary People by Judith Guest is a novel about the difficulties and problems that occur in a seemingly normal family after the death of one of its members The main character Conrad witnesses his brother Buck drown After this tragic happening Conrad attempts suicide by slashing his wrists The novel begins when Conrad has come home from a mental hospital and is trying settle in Through this telling the reader learns of the struggles that occur after Bucks death and how his death destroys the family The novel deals with conflict that all must deal with in society but also tells of a childs need for affection and understanding Each family member has a different problem from Bucks death and each has a different outlook and interpretation of the situation that could only be viewed through the books third person angle Depression is an important theme in this book It is present constantly and may bring the reader into a saddened state but is necessary to truly understand the complexities involved in this family Guests style of writing is very fitting to this story Although this novel is fiction it quickly becomes a reality in your mind She paints these characters whom you can relate toOne must pick apart and interpret this novel to fully absorb its meaning but one would have to read this book multiple times to take in its many lessons It brings up questions of ethics and methods of parenting Appreciation for life immediately derives from reading this book and is broadens ones eyes to the tragedy and misfortune that can strike in the lives of least expectingBibliographynone
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