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Ordinary People by Judith Guest is a very emotional book that deals with manythoughts and actions about life and suicide A lot of people would have different opinionsor perspectives about this story My thesis question for this book is Does the authorJudith Guest try to prove that even the perfect family can fall apart In this novel regularor ordinary people have to learn to cope with many extraordinary crisesIn Ordinary People Conrad Jarrett is a seventeen year old boy attending a publichigh school in the suburbs of Illinois He and his family go through many stressfulstruggles after Conrads brother Jordan dies in a boating accident Jordans deathinfluences Conrad so much that he even cuts up his wrists and tries to commit suicide buthe does not die Conrad struggles with a lot of things including school quitting theswimming team and his friends Conrads mother Beth is a perfectionist and is alwaysconcerned about the way people view her and her family She wishes for everyone to seethem as normal Conrads Dad Cal feels he is somewhat responsible for Conradssuicide attempt He also believes that Conrad and Beth are drifting away from each otherand he doesnt know who to follow The story ends when Beth leaves home to go awayfor a while because she cant get along with her familyIn this book the title does give a clue about a possible theme The term ordinarypeople is mentioned several times in this book There can be many different themes forthis book although my theme did not come from the title My theme is even a perfectfamily can fall apart and sometimes fall into a mental stress due to a life changing event Ithink this because everything is perfect before Jordan dies Everything and everyoneseems to fall apart after his accident For example Conrad attempts to commit suicide asa result of Jordans death and some more various other reasons One time in the bookConrad says I wanted to commit suicide
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