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Ordinary People The novel Ordinary People explores how the heart and mind recover from afflictive losses The author Judith Guest depicts how a tragedy can change lives drastically and even tear families apart Conrad Jarretts recovery shows how people slowly but surely can go on with emotional stress differently and those differing strategies are portrayed in this novel The death of Jordan Jarrett affected the Jarrett family greatly Calvin his father was one who dealt with the situation the best He had been orphaned at a young age so he had already dealt with the loss of his mother When he was eleven he learned the association of the word loss with death pg 49 He was more understanding and cooperative with his family that mourned He knew the things that would comfort them just as he had once needed comfort in his life The death had a different impact on the mother Beth She went into what seemed like a state of denial She hid her feelings from everyone and kept trying to give the impression that nothing happened and nothing was wrong Cal once noticed this about his about his wife Beth before they had separated there is an addiction here to secrecy to a private core within herself that is so much deeper than he ever imagined it to be pg 253 The death changed the way the once happily married couple acted towards each other so much that they could no longer stand living with each other But there was clearly still a strong bond between them Conrads life took a turn for the worse after the loss of his brother He was so overwhelmed with the feeling of depression guilt and loss that he tried to commit suicide Luckily he survived and spent the next year trying to recover in a hospital He thought to himself on Christmas day only a year and a half still it is a
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