Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Sea Inside- Post 2

Some of the similarities between The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Sea Inside is that both Ramon and Jean-Dominique Bauby are quadriplegics. They both have people who care about them and are always helping and visting them. There are many differences between them though. In the Sea Inside, Ramon became a quadriplegic when he dove into the shallow water and broke his neck. Now he lives with his brother's family and they all look after him. In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby became quadriplegic because he had a stroke and he got a disease called Locked-In Syndrome. He has to live in the hospital because he can't eat or even speak. Ramon can communicate and Bauby can't. Another major difference is that Ramon doesn't have as much medical problems, so he has a while to live. Bauby on the other hand has a very short time to live before he passes away. I think that The Sea Inside was much more powerful. I think this because there were more conflicts. There wasn't really a conflict that made you connect in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In The Sea Inside, there is such a big controversy over whether Ramon should be able to kill himself or not. It gets many people in his life involved and other problems with different people come out. You were able to connect much more with Ramon then you were with Bauby and that makes it so much more powerful.

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