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    Cal's statement about finding the point of navigation "between pressure and concern" is reflective of how he is struggling to be a father to a lost son. Cal struggles with how to best be there for...

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    The sonnet which appears at the opening of Judith Guest's Ordinary People was written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The lines used in the text are the last four lines of Millay's "Sonnet CLXXI." But...

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    Clearly a number of key people feed into Conrad's psychological and emotional development as he journeys from being profoundly unhappy with himself and his life to being more emotionally in touch...

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    Contrad Jarrett beings his journey in Judith Guest's Ordinary People by making an appointment with his therapist. Although Conrad himself does not truly understand his reason for doing so, seeking...

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    Ordinary People, by Judity Guest, was published almost thirty-six years ago in July of 1976; its pubication coincided with our Nation's Bicentenial. Ordinary People was Judith Guest's first novel...

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    I think that you can see the notion of reality vs. illusion in the emotional dynamics that surround the Jarrett family. After Buck's death, Conrad's central journey is one in which he must begin...

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    I actually think that Beth can be seen as a main character in Guest's work. Beth helps to establish the emotional dynamic of conformity and of perfectability that makes Conrad's therapy so vitally...

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    I think that the climax to Guest's work is that Conrad reaches a level of emotional understanding about himself and his place in the world. Conrad no longer seeks to control and dominate his...

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    I think that the description of Conrad is going to seem cliched by today's standards. Yet, at the time of Guest's writing, Conrad was seen as a very unique character. Conrad is a high achieving...

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    In my mind, the driving messages or themes of Guest's work relate to psychological approaches to pain, suffering, and guilt. These themes seem to be concurrent with the time period, where there...

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    The Jarrett family seems rather disassociated and dysfunctional. They live in a nice home and externally seem to have everything, but their son has tried to kill himself. They have lost their...

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    With Guest's work, I think that personal reflection is going to be critical. It is fairly applicable to everyone because the presence or absence of a family is something that anyone can...

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    I think that Conrad is unstable for a couple of reasons. Indeed, while things are "going wrong in his life," there are other reasons for this. While it might seem a bit cliche now, Guest's work...

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    The main conflict in Ordinary People is the death of Buck, the oldest boy in the Jarrett family. This event--a sailing accident caused by a storm on Lake Michigan--occurs one year prior to the...

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    The grandparents first give further backdrop on why Conrad’s parents are the way they are. Beth is a cold and manipulative woman consumed with appearances because she was obviously raised to be...

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    Through therapy the reader finds it painfully obvious that Buck was his mother’s favorite. Conrad lives in the shadow of Buck’s tragic death and finds out quickly that there is nothing in life...

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