Topics for Further Study
Do you think that Violet’s actions at the end of the story are justified? Why or why not?
Find out more about schizophrenia, such as who it affects, when its onset begins, how it is treated, and how treatable it is. Then write up a few paragraphs summarizing your findings.
Violet says that Rose enjoys art therapy, and Galen often plays piano for the patients hospitalized along with Rose. How do you think these therapies would work on people with mental and emotional disorders? Conduct research to answer the question.
Violet believes that Rose is her mother’s ‘‘favorite’’? Do you find evidence of her statement in the story? Explain your answer.
What is your reaction to the family therapy session with Walker? Explain your answer.
Do you know or have you read about somebody with problems similar to Rose’s? How is this person like Rose? How is this person different from Rose?