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Ordinary People Essay

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Everyday people face the tragedy of losing a loved one. Though in the end they must all come face to face with cold hearted death, none wish to experience it, especially at a young age . We all wish it would never happen, and we all like to imagine ourselves and others as superhuman, invincible. When a death happens and it doesn't directly affect us or our own little community, we are shocked, maybe even for a day but never reflect on it for the rest of our lives. We see death in movies and across the world news , but yet we almost become desensitized to it. No one can imagine death or grasp the concept of death, until death is right in our face staring back at us, sending a cold shiver ...view middle of the document...

They live in the same community as Beth’s parents; Lake Forest Michigan. During the movie we see the mother Beth as an emotional wreck and having an identity crisis as to who she really is. She can not deal with the loss of her son and it is tearing her apart inside. She never admits her true feelings, to keep herself from complete destruction. She seems like the most cold hearted women on the face of the earth, but she truly means to be a nice genuine person. The fact that her son died has become an excuse for her current personal being, but her childhood also contributed to what caused her to be the witch she is now, and hide her true emotions. We meet Beth's mother in the middle of the movie and she looks like a nice typical warm hearted grandma, but her true personality is shown in an instant. When the family is getting pictures done by grandma, grandpa is having a great time and very energetic. His wife controls him and tells him to be quiet and shut up; this shows how controlling of a person she is. When the next scene opens, the noise of single plate shattering takes precedence; showing the families shatter, and how nothing is going their way. When Beth's mother walks in to see Beth with the broken plate, Beth shows fear, and discomfort; allowing one to see the true dominance her mother maintains over her.
As the scene moves on the two women work like machines on a assembly line, with quick, swift insinc movements and crossing over one another's arms while preparing food for dinner. This shows how alike the two are, and how much of Beth's mother rubbed off on her as a child. We get the sense of Beth's childhood being “mommy” dominated, as her mother controlled the entire family. Beth has a brother who lives in Texas who does very well for himself, and is the most respected by Beth's mother. Beth does everything she can to be just as loved by her mother as her brother is, which may explain why Beth lives in the same neighborhood that her parents do, and why she married Calvin Jarrett, who does very well for himself as well.
While Beth and her mother talk during the preparation of dinner about Conrad, Beth mentions she thinks Conrad needs to be sent away for school; her mother then asks what is causing her to not take a firm stance on doing something she believes. Beth mentions it would be up to the psychiatrist he is seeing and her mother gets a very puzzled look on her face; she continues saying she thought they we were all finished with that, and asks what the psychs name is? Beth replies “Berger”, and grandma ask if hes a Jewish doctor?; this shows just how rude of a person she is.
The younger son, Conrad, tries to commit suicide in his fall semester of his Junior year of high school, because he can't live a "full healthy life" without his brother. Conrad also blames the death of his brother on himself and this haunts him the whole movie. The scene of a loud train loudly tearing through the terrain in front of the stopped car....

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