Nursing Film Response the Stories

I can see the quest narrative being used in the Diving Bell and the Butterfly movie. Bauby suffered from a very rare condition that is not only not well-known but less understood. In stead of feeling sorry for himself because of the situation in which he ended up, he took the negative thing that happened to him and turned it into something good. He made up his mind that he was going to go on with his life as best that he could. He had already had plans to right a book before he became ill and choose to go ahead with that project. He told his story in order to help himself understand what had happened to him as well as to tell his story to the rest of the world so that they could better understand it as well.

In the movie Away from Her, I can see the use of restitution narratives in which Grant anticipated his wife getting well and put a lot of importance on the method of her cure. All he wanted was for her to get better and it was very hard on him to watch her as she slowly got worse and worse.

We he finally realized that her relationship with Aubrey was truly good for her he came around to see it for what it was. For Fiona it was therapeutic. Although there was no cure for Fionas illness, Grant understood the best thing that he could do was make her as happy as possible so that she would live out the rest of her life in a state of peace within herself.


Away from Her. Dir. Sarah Polley. Lions Gate Entertainment, 2006. Film.

Frank, Arthur W. (1997). The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Dir. Julian.

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