Paranoid Schizophrenia in "Sophie's Choice" Book Review by Quality Writers

Paranoid Schizophrenia in "Sophie's Choice"
An analysis of the indications of paranoid schizophrenia in the character of Nathan Landau in William Styron's 1979 novel, "Sophie's Choice" and the 1982 film adaptation directed by Alan J. Pakula.
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This paper introduces the topic of schizophrenia of the paranoid type as shown in the character of Nathan Landau in William Styron's 1979 novel, "Sophie's Choice" and the 1982 film adaptation directed by Alan J. Pakula. The paper describes the character of Nathan Landau and then looks at the indications of paranoid schizophrenia that are evident. The paper presents some personal concluding remarks.

Table of Contents:
Nathan Landau
Indications of Paranoid Schizophrenia
Findings on Paranoid Schizophrenia
Concluding Remarks

From the Paper:

"Indeed, this paper might have argued that Nathan Landau actually suffered from acute bipolar disorder, or bipolar disorder with psychotic features, but a start was made from the character of his brother and the revelation of paranoid schizophrenia. The latter suits a film set in the 1940s when a great many patients stood to be diagnosed with schizophrenia that might today be assessed differently and in the presence of drugs to reduce or eliminate symptoms, at any rate, making a precise diagnosis less important. Tsuang Et Al (2000) explained how psychiatrists in the present tend to diagnose broadly a psychotic disorder of particular features so as to not rule out the possibility of bipolar disorder or non-specific psychosis to create what may be paranoid or other features. At the same time, bipolar patients often present anger, but less often the persecutory delusions shown by Nathan Landau in different episodes in which Sophie is the target of his disordered thinking, accusations and emotional attacks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Farley, I.J., X.S. Price, E. McCullough Et Al. (1978). Norepinephrine in Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia - above normal levels in limbic forebrain. Science. 200: 456-458.
  • Grech, A., N. Takei and R.M. Murray. (1997). Maternal Exposure to Influenza and Paranoid Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 26: 121-125.
  • Krieckhaus, E.E., J. Donahoe and M. Morgan. (1992). Paranoid Schizophrenia may be caused by dopamine hyperactivity of CA1 hippocampus. Biological Psychiatry. 31: 560-570.
  • Nevid, J.S., B. Greene, P.A. Johnson and S. Taylor. (2005). Essentials of Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World. Canadian edition. Toronto: Pearson - Prentice Hall.
  • Pakula, A.J. (1982). Sophie's Choice. 157 minutes. Released as DVD in 2005.

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