Friday, October 26, 2007

The Sea Inside, post 2

The Sea Inside compares with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in many ways. One way the two are similar is that both of the main characters are quadriplegics. Also, both characters are miserable in the life they are now forced to live because of unfortuante events that occured in their life. Also, both of them feel that they might be better off dead. Another similarity is that the main characters both wrote a book, expressing their feelings about their condidtion and telling people what their situation was like. The Sea Inside and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly also have differences. In The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby becomes a quadriplegic because of a stroke, and in The Sea Inside, Ramon becomes paralyzed because of an accident while swimming. Another difference between the two is the care-taking. For Jean-Dominique, he is taken care of in the hospital, by hospital staff, while his family comes to visit occasionally. Ramon, on the other hand, is taken care of by his family in his brother and sister-in-law's house. A third and final difference between the two is that in the end, after their books had been published, they both died, but in different ways. Jean Dominique died because it was just his time to go, and Ramon died because he commit suicide.

In my opinion, the Sea Inside was more powerful because it really showed how miserable Ramon was, and how badly he wanted to die. Also, his family and friends were by his side all the time and I saw their emotions toward Ramon.

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