Communication Themes on "Grey's Anatomy" Analytical Essay by scribbler

A look at various themes on the television show "Grey's Anatomy."
# 151691 | 1,563 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2012 in Communication (Television) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper, written in the first person, reviews the themes and general storyline in ABC's award winning television series, "Grey's Anatomy." In particular, the paper considers how the show depicts the training of surgical residents, focusing on their mentoring relationships with more experienced practitioners. Additionally, it highlights the personal lives and interactions among the doctors and residents. According to the paper, the show has received accolades because of its multicultural cast. The paper also analyzes which parts of the series are realistic compared to an actual teaching hospital and which parts are for furthering the plot. The paper concludes by noting the different responsibilities of a physician and their many professional relationships and interactions.

From the Paper:

"Physically, there is a limited amount of labor involved with the character's roles, as they are rarely required to lift or transfer patients from bed to bed, or as necessary throughout the show. The characters are able to deal with these rigorous physical and mental demands by adapting their personal lives and routines to the demands and stresses of the job. If the interns are required to work a longer than average shift, perhaps even 24 hours at a time, they would likely adapt by making sure they are as well rested as possible and that they are taking good physical care of themselves through proper diet and exercise routines. These demands also tend to wear away at some of the show's characters by not allowing them to fully focus on their personal matters and relationships with each other in a positive way. Their own personal physical and mental limitations are met when they often have to deal with stressful issues both in their personal lives and at work. One great example of this is during the first season when Meredith, played by Ellen Pompeo has to concurrently deal with her mother's worsening Alzheimer's disease as well as the multitude of job stressors that come with being a surgical intern."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Scharf, Adria. "Scripted Talk: From "Welcome to McDonalds" to "Paper or plastic?" Employers Control the Speech of Service Workers." Dollars and Sense. 2003: 105-112.

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