Mental Health Issues in the Recovery of Nathaniel Ayers in Film and Book Versions of The Soloist

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An Analysis of the Similarities of Mental Health Issues in the Recovery of Nathaniel Ayers in Film and Book Versions of The Soloist
This study will analyze the five similarities of mental health issues between the film and novel versions of The Soloist. The use of paranoid schizophrenia, shock treatment, depression, medication, and therapy are the five similarities that will be analyzed between the film and book versions of this story. By understanding Nathaniel Ayers’ (Jamie Foxx) problematic mental health issues in this novel, we can see that the film closely reflects the novel’s plot in regards to the circumstances of his mental illness and recovery process. In essence, the five similarities of mental health issues and the recovery...
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.....d film version of The Soloist. By understanding the severity of paranoid schizophrenia in Ayers’ diagnosis, the resulting years of shock therapy and depression define his struggle to recover. However, Lopez tries repeatedly to find therapy and medication to help Ayers recover in the film and in the novel. These are five important similarities that define the various mental health issues that Ayers encounters in this story, especially in the closely interrelated mediums of film and novel forms. 
Works Cited
Lopez, Steve. The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. New York: Putnam Adult, 2008. Print.
The Soloist. Dir. Joe Wright. Perfs. Robert Downing Jr. Jamie Foxx. USA; Dreamworks Video, 2009. DVD.