Well, on this week’s Serial Saturdays blog post, I’m going to be talking about a very serious problem that is in the story.
The problem with being mentally disabled.
Throughout most of history, people who were mentally disabled were often shut away in mental institutions and were never seen again. In addition, many of those people who were locked away in the hospitals were abused or even killed by the doctors, nurses, and orderlies who worked in those hospitals. It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that many of these mental institution were eventually shut down.
So, what does this have to do with the story about the Teen Rebels?
As we found out, Josie had known a boy named Carter McMillan, who was mentally disabled. He was only 11 years old when he and his parents, Dennis and Sara, were killed by the bully Sheila Baines and her henchmen. That crime shakes the city of Montage Beach to the core, and it resulted in Sheila’s henchmen getting life in prison and Sheila Baines herself being sent to a mental institution for the criminally insane.
But to Josie and her friends Seth, Moira, and Trixie, that punishment is not enough. They want to see Sheila being punished for killing little Carter, and to make sure that people like Sheila are banned from society.
Another example of a character with mental disability is Josie ‘s friend, Jacey Mayford, a girl who might have had what is known today as Asperger’s. Jacey is cruelly mistreated by her mother, Joyce, and scores of people tease her for her disabilities and having imaginary friends. Seth plays a cruel trick on her and when the girls confront him about the trick, he blames Sheila. (Yet, Jacey does find out the truth about him eventually.)
The third example of mental disability in the Teen Rebels is none other than Trixie Kalbrunner herself. She was declared to be mentally retarded and unfit to be a functioning member of society. Trixie’s father, Rajasthan, locks her away in the attic of his house , and refused to admit that she existed. That was , until Josie , Seth, and Moira find her one day and forced Rajasthan to allow Trixie to go to school.
Now that I have shown you a brief history on mental disability and how it relates to this story, be on the lookout for more posts about Jacey, Trixie, and Carter to appear on this blog soon!
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