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Unformatted text preview: A Struggle Inside Many people categorize an “insane” person very differently. Some people will say to be “insane” you must be locked up in an insane asylum and be wearing a straight jacket. While other people will say you are “insane” when you have a mental disability. In both the books Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem the main characters struggle with their mental disabilities and it affects their lives greatly. Although both the main characters the Narrator in Fight Club and Lionel in Motherless Brooklyn struggle greatly with their disabilities, only Lionel is able to recog- nize that he has a mental disability. Only Lionel is eventually able to be successful be- cause he recognized his disability and dealt with it. This proves the point that a person with a mental disorder must acknowledge their disability in order to be successful in life. In both Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem the main characters are very similar. Although the two characters have two dif- ferent disabilities there are many similarities in their lives. Both the Narrator and Lionel had very hard upbringings that were the triggers of their mental disabilities. The Narrator in Fight Club had a horrible childhood and was unfortunate to not be able to remember his father. “I knew my dad for about six years, but I don’t remember a thing.” (P. 50). The Narrator never had a father figure in his life which in turn caused the development of his mental disability. In Motherless Brooklyn, Lionel also had a tough upbringing. Li- onel grew up in St. Vincent's Home for boys in the slums of Brooklyn New York. Lionel was faced with many difficult situations while he was at the orphanage. “Leshawn Mon- trose cracked my head against a porcelain water fountain, Greg Toon and Edwin Torres generously only shucked me off onto the floor. Tony Vermonte twisted my arm behind my back and forced me against the wall” (P. 46). Lionel was greatly affected by these events in his life. He was eventually brought into a crime organization run by Frank Minna because of his rough upbringing. Although Frank Minna was the leader of the crime organization, he eventually became Lionel’s role model. The abuse that he got at the orphanage without a doubt had a direct correlation with his mental disability and his involvement with the crime organization. In both books, the main characters attempt to find a father figure in someone who is not their father. In find a father figure in someone who is not their father....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POL 2107 taught by Professor Bourgault during the Spring '08 term at University of Ottawa.
- Spring '08
- Political Science