The Usual Suspects Essay

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The Usual Suspects is a film centered around a man named Roger “Verbal” Kint. In the movie, Verbal tells his story to U. S. Customs Officer Dave Kujan (Singer, 1995). The story is portrayed in flashbacks, and thus, the gruesome tale of five men and their journey of destruction which leads to all but one of their deaths unfolds in a police station office. The Usual Suspects has scenes, scenarios, and suspects that all can represent or dispute psychological principles.
To begin, a terrible explosion erupts from the pier, black smoke can be seen rising in inky tentacle to the sky. Police work to remove bodies, some blackened and charred, others bloodied from gunshot wounds. However, a body is found to be alive, but with third degree burns covering sixty percent of his body. He is rushed to the hospital in a coma, but does eventually wake, but is in a state of hysteria, and most likely has no idea where he is, he mutters words in hungarian, his native tongue and continues like this until the scene changes.
The burn victim presented in this scene could be easily identified as a man with a Dissociative Disorder, however, this is not the case. Dissociative disorders are classified as an absence in memory, such as who someone is, or what one’s life used to be. An individual, could also develop multiple personalities for a traumatic event to relieve the stress the they could not handle. Nonetheless, the burn victim could temporarily not remember who he was, but it was only for a short amount of time. The man spoke in Hungarian, in which he spoke about the “devil” who had caused the exspolsion. He was merely dazed in the fact that he had no idea where he was and continued to talk about the man who had caused him harm. Moreover, research has shown that burn victims can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD (Bronson, n.d.). This man could go throught his life, and anything that looks, smells, tastes, feels, sounds like the event can bring him to a state of hysteria in which he is in flight or fight mode. Often soldiers experience this do to the traumatic events they had experienced during the war. Furthermore, the Hungarian burn victim might seem okay during scenes in the...

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