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Matt SantoPeriod 3March 141997Significance The significance of the title Ordinary People is that it is ironic because there are not ordinary people in the book It does not correspond with the novel itself As defined in Websters Dictionary ordinary means usual common or normal To most people this is what they think they are However in the book being unordinary is common for most of the characters The author of this book Judith Guest probably titled this book Ordinary People to make readers ask themselves What is ordinary Am I ordinaryThe title describes the book as being ordinary when the characters are really unusual For example most teenagers do not try to commit suicide However in this book Conrad Jarett tries to kill himself He attempts suicide because he is depressed about his older brothers death He lost his brother in a boating accident and he blames himself for his death He believes that he could have prevented the accident by coming in from the sea when the waters began to get rough However there was nothing that Conrad could have done to prevent the boat from capsizing His attempt to commit suicide is one of the things that makes him unordinary from normal teenagersIn the real world many teenagers attempt suicide But this is not ordinary It is unusual for a teenager to attempt or commit suicide Society does not look at this sort of behavior as ordinary If a teenager does attempt suicide they are usually seeking attention and looking for pity As a result of these actions they are seen as having some sort of mental incapacity and are treated for it Therefore this is not ordinary and Conrad was not eitherAnother character in this book who is not ordinary is Beth Jarett Conrads mother Conrad feels as if she does not love him She hardly talks to him She also treats him as if he
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