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Prozac Nation Essay

818 words - 4 pages

SETTING
The memoir, Prozac Nation, is written by a girl who experienced a lot of problems including suicide attempts, cutting and drug abuse. The primary story takes place in New York City and Boston when Elizabeth is having a hard time dealing with her life. There are a few times that take place in Florida where Elizabeth’s dad lives, but it’s mainly in the Boston and New York.
PLOT
This book is a memoir so it is non-fiction. The primary information is that she is depressed and suffers from a lot of mental health issues. This is explained very well because she is writing about her own experiences. All of the details she uses happened to her so she is reliving her life as she writes. It’s ...view middle of the document...

” She freaks out about everything in her life. It’s weird because she knows how messed up she is. She also says, I am so self- destructive, I turn solutions into problems. Everything I touch, I ruin. I’m Midas in reverse.” At the end of the book she still realizes that she is not ok but she just wants to be ok not great. She says, “All I want is a life where the extremes are in check, where I am in check.”
THEME
The overall theme of this memoir is very depressing. I would say the theme is how to endure mental illness because she is definitely mentally sick. The way she works through her problems are all wrong for a lot of the times. Another theme could also be that you learn from your mistakes. She makes a lot of mistakes with how she handles her problems. Like when she tries to get along with her dad she screams at him most of the time instead of just trying to listen to him. Her dad wasn’t very good to her but it wasn’t all of his fault. She does learn that she was wrong and so she tries to change in the end.
PERSONAL RELEVANCE
This book doesn’t relate...

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