Sayer applying the parts of the scientific method, I start the movie. They have many different symptoms, but essentially they all share the same problem: They cannot make their bodies do what their minds desire. This movie clearly has a lot of ties to the field of psychology. The psychological construct portrayed in the movie were neuropsychology treatments. I do this activity near the beginning of the school year and we start out reading the relevant parts of the textbook regarding the parts of the scientific method and completing the first column of the Awakenings Notes - Sci Methods worksheet. Observations included, noticing the lifeless behavior shown by the patients, their reflexes to moving objects, and the fact that they all had cases of encephalitis before.
Sayer is using the parts of the scientific methods. Encephalitis is an almost always fatal inflammation of the brain usually caused by some kind of infection, particularly infection of the spinal fluid, called meningitis; however the two are not always present together. Sometimes going through a certain situation can show who a person really is. Movie Synopsis The movie Awakenings was based on a 1973 book by a psychiatrist named Oliver Sacks. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened. The scientific method is a list of steps to prove something and make into a law or theory based on your final product and findings.
Edna is gaining a new outlook on life within this novel and the new view is affected by the people she encounters and skills she learns. Next they formulate a hypothesis based on their observations. While she is feeling uncomfortable within the society she lives, she is actually becoming more comfortable with herself. Kate Chopin was born in 1850 in St Louis, from an irish catholic father and a french creole mother and died in 1904. Not only is Edna symbolized by a bird but as well as Mademoiselle Reisz. Being a primarily research physician, Dr.
After he did all the research he formed several hypotheses and experimented to prove them. His colleagues will not listen to this theory, which sounds suspiciously metaphysical, but he thinks he's onto something. The film follows some 15 of those patients, particularly Leonard, who is played by in a virtuoso performance. Love and lust stir within him for the first time. He is a lovable man here, who experiences the extraordinary professional joy of seeing chronic, hopeless patients once again sing and dance and greet their loved ones. Before going catatonic, people with encephalitis lethargica would present with tremors and uncontrollable twitches, a slowness of motion called bradykinesia, low blood pressure and rigidity of muscles, particularly muscles in the neck and legs. And as the movie unfolds, we are invited to meditate on the strangeness and wonder of the human personality.
Now, in his late 1940s, he is filled with wonder and gratitude to be able to move around freely and express himself. But to be locked inside a body that cannot move or speak -- to look out mutely as even our loved ones talk about us as if we were an uncomprehending piece of furniture! Sayer injects an incredible amount of this drug into a patient named Leonard, played by Robert De Niro. While this activity does alter some student's perception of what scientists actually do, the concept of a single, structured scientific method is so engrained in their minds that some will still cling to that belief. While this last worksheet in not essential for seeing that there is no single scientific method, I feel it's good for students to start thinking about ethical considerations within this movie and life in general. How much of the self we treasure so much is simply a matter of good luck, of being spared in a minefield of neurological chance? Therefore, I believe her affairs, treatment of her family and lovers, and suicide were completely unnecessary and, well, idiotic. Léonce bought her gifts and gave her the financial stability that she wanted. Sayer using the parts of the scientific methods, so they get a sense of how often they will be tallying during this movie.
Malcolm Sayer, when introduced to these patients and their prospective cases, took on what was considered an extremely unpredictable and radical experimental treatment. Meagan McGee Psychology 1300 Awakenings The movie Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro portrays the true story of a doctor named Dr. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. By symbolizing Edna as different types of birds, Chopin shows how much Edna changes throughout the novel with a certain type of bird. The hospital was mainly for people that have neurological disorders. A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of comatose patients.
It also allows them to think about some of the ethical questions raised during the movie. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult having gone into a coma in his early teens. Sometimes that blockage is manifested through bizarre physical behavior, sometimes through apparent paralysis. Microsoft Word 32kB Aug3 09 Microsoft Word 40kB Aug3 09 Microsoft Word 24kB Aug3 09 Teaching Notes and Tips Students generally enjoy this movie, and some even rent it to watch it on their own time. Awakenings was about Malcolm Sayer, a neurologist played by Robin Williams, who had to work with patients for the first time because of funding problems.
I tend to skip over a bit of the movie near the end of the movie to fit into that time frame, and give my students the weekend to complete the opinion sheet. I have used this activity in both public and private schools, so it can be used under a variety of institutional settings. Kate Chopin uses several literary devices such as, symbolism, her characters and use of language to show how hard it is for women to live in society and the pressure with the expectations to be the perfect mother-woman. He has been on hold for three decades. Also known as Gold age because the main standard was gold. After collecting their Awakening Opinion Sheets, I return their graded Awakenings worksheets and we discuss the results. It appears that nothing can be done for them.