Character Analysis From What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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The character I chose to analyze is Bonnie Grape from What's Eating Gilbert Grape, an American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström. Bonnie Grape is a Caucasian woman who is, approximately, in her mid 50’s and lives in a small town of Endora, Iowa with her four children, and has lost her husband seven years ago. Bonnie who is suppose to be the immediate care taker of all of her kids is shown to have abandoned all of her parental duties after her husbands passing and she hasn’t left the house for seven years. She has become completely housebound she sleeps, eats, and stays on the couch all day. Her day starts out with eating breakfast with the family, and then she watches TV all day. Even though she loves her children a lot, but she does not take any part in raising them. She also has become an object of ridicule or amusement many times children sneak on to the yard to catch a glimpse of her through the window. However, Bonnie sees no problem with her weight or her lifestyle, until one day when she has to make a trip to the town for her son. When Bonnie is leaving the town a crowd comes together around the police station to get a glimpse of Bonnie, and many also begin taking pictures of her. At this point, Bonnie realizes that she has become something that she never intended to be. In one particular scene Bonnie tells her oldest son Gilbert “I know what a burden I am. I know that you are ashamed of me. I never meant to be like this. I never wanted to be a joke” (Hallström, 1993). From Bonnie’s background information we can conclude that she is clearly facing some psychological problems, and in order to gain more information we would have to conduct more assessments.
2. Assessment
An assessment interview is the simplest method employed by the clinical psychologist that can provide insight into the problem and advise clinical decision-making. The assessment technique that I would is a case-history interview, which is an interview that is conducted for the purpose of gaining a detailed understanding of the patient’s background and developmental context in which a problem emerged (Trull, 2013). By conducting a case history interview, I can gain an insight on the relationship that existed between Bonnie and her husband, and the causes that led Bonnie to fall into depression. Another assessment that I would conduct on Bonnie is a structured interview, which is a diagnostic interview that consists of standard set of questions, which would be in a specified sequence. By conducting this type of an assessment I can have a clear understanding without any ambiguity and the questions that I can ask would be about how Bonnie feels about her current situation, changes that she wants in her current lifestyle, and what type of duties does she feel that she has toward her children. Conducting a structured interview is valid assessment; because it has a great reliability due to that it reduces “both information variance and criterion variance” (Trull,...

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