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Ordinary People written by Judith Guest shows the struggles ofsuicide death and the road to recovery In the 1970s the Jarrettfamily from Lake Forest Illinois experiences many life tribulationstime and time again The drowning of beloved brother and son Buckbegins the Jarrett familys struggle through life This lead to Conradsattempted suicide hospitalizing him Once the hospital releases Conradthe family realizes nothing will be the same as before the drowning andattempted suicide They each cope with each situation differentlymaking it difficult for them to feel ordinary They search for theirunanswered questions through lack of communication healing andidentityOne of the main problems the Jarrett family has is communicationJudith Guest writes And he thinks about going upstairs thinks aboutpassing Conrads door going down the hall to their bedroom where theywill silently undress and separately grieve Guest 129 Calvin andBeth have different views on how to grieve She shuts down and grieve byherself whereas Calvin would rather talk it out and get to a solutionThis is one of their problems in their marriage They never overcomethis problem and they probably never would We have all seen that Bethcan not change her ways Im sure I would have told you if I thoughtyou gave a damn Guest 109 Beth and Calvin confront Conrad aboutquitting the swim team over a month ago and still havent told themConrad is angry at his mother because she never cares about his lifeHis conversation later on with his dad reveals that Conrad feels as ifhis mother has no interest in what is going on in his life The thingthat hurts you is sitting on yourself Not letting yourself connect withyour own feelings It is screwing you up leading you off on chases thatdont go anywhere Guest 225 Conrad also has communication problemswith himself He thinks everything he is feeling is wrong He feels thathe is going into this state of depression Dr Berger has to keepreminding him that it is good to feel something As
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