Depression In Julie Burtinshaw's The Perfect Cut

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Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful” – Giles Andreae. Depression being one of the most difficult problems to deal with, can affect a person’s behaviour, feelings, and how they interact with others from a day to day basis. The novel “The Perfect Cut” by Julie Burtinshaw is a great story presenting the theme of depression as it shows a teenage boy going through a tough time following the death of his sister. Similarly “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is one of the great movies revolving around the theme of depression by evidently showing the emotional impact…show more content…
The plot of the film is about a 16 year old boy named Craig Gilner, contemplating to commit suicide since he cannot meet the demands of his teenage lifestyle. After finally getting into a prestigious high school, Craig goes through many emotions related to school and relationships but none bigger than with his dad. His dad being more involved towards his job, and only being concerned with Craig’s education but not his well-being, leads Craig to admit himself into a hospital to seek help. There he lets his emotions do the talking with the psychiatrist “Am I depressed, because my dad only questions me about school?” (Funny Story) This statement by Craig shows that his dad not being there for his everyday problems has affected him emotionally. Being advised by the psychiatrist to stay in the hospital for at least 5 days, Craig’s mom and sister come the next day to drop off clothes, his dad not coming due to a work meeting saddened Craig but didn’t shock him. Next day, to take some things off his mind, Craig starts doing art and seeing what he can do, leaves him with the thought of pursuing the career of an artist. At the end of the 5 days, Craig stands up to his dad and breaks the news of being an artist in which his dad respectively understood. This made Craig…show more content…
We can analyze this by looking at how the setting had an impact on how the characters were peer pressured. When Craig transitioned himself to the hospital, he had a bad feeling about the place since he was around sick adults rather than people his own age. He was grossed out by the living and eating matters and begged to leave, but when he had no voice on leaving, he thought it would be best that he starts making some friends. Craig is firstly introduced to Bobby who’s in there for attempting suicide 6 times, they both build a strong bond between each other. Bobby starts taking Craig under his wing, and makes him form close bonds with various patients. Realizing Craig's reasoning for being here, Bobby compares his situation with his own and convinces Craig to leave and go follow his dreams. “You’re a smart, talented person. You shouldn’t be here,” (Funny Story) This statement by Bobby helped Craig in many ways especially in leaving the hospital a better person as he stood up to his dad which he was very emotional to do before. Bobby was a big reason of how Craig dealt through his depression as he had a big impact on him. On the other hand, Bryan in the novel struggling with his sister’s death becomes best friends with a homeless boy named Chris, whom he hangs with when in a bad mood or following an argument with his parents. Understanding what Bryan has been going through, Chris

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