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In the novel Strange Objects by Gary Crew many questions are asked but few are answered One of the questions raised in the novel concerns the mental state of the central character Steven Messenger Stevens behaviour throughout the novel gives reason to believe that he suffers from a severe psychological disorder most likely schizophrenia or depre3ssion However this theory has many supernatural-shaped holes that can only be filled by the belief that Jan Pelgrom has come back and possessed Steven Messenger Steven shows many symptoms of schizophrenia throughout the novel including a loss of drive or motivation In item 6 Messenger a self-confessed neat freak is somewhat shocked when he realises several days after the biology trip that he has left his sleeping bag out With all the goings on it was just stuffed into its drawstring cover I was annoyed I had forgotten to fix it and now it was busting out all over my bedroom floor Although this is only a minor symptom we must remember that it was one of the first to appear and was during the early stages of the onset of schizophrenia Schizophrenics also tend to withdraw from activates and situations that require social skills In item 2 Steven talks about the campfire on the biology trip and how he slipped away unnoticed He also mentions Nigel Kratzman Messengers only apparent friend throughout the novel and his impassiveness for Kratzmans favourite subject - trucks Messenger and Kratz are friends however their relationship is fragile due to the lack of trust Messenger says Kratz was like that - weird - I could never trust him This shows that Steven doesnt care for the friendship they share However this friendship is important for Messengers state of mind as Kratz is arguably his only connection with normality Steven Messenger also appears to suffer from delusions and hallucinations since discovering the ring The hallucinations involve the ring and an idealised self who speaks
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