Embrace the Tics

Alexa Nunziato


Task 6

How’s it going Lionel?

I hope you’re doing well, and that you’re doing better since your last visit. From my understanding of you, there are a couple of obstacles standing in your way of living to your full potential. You need to find your own identity in order to be happy with yourself. Understandingly you feel like you are marginalized from society. It is normal to feel different and sometimes this cam make you feel like you don’t belong, like an outcast. The first step, in which I think you are already working on, is becoming confident and accept got who you are. You have Tourette’s and thats okay because it makes you: you. Seriously though, you need to stop obsessing over this girl Kimmery. You are pushing her and all the happiness she may have to offer you away. Stop calling so often and being so clingy, let things happen. Also, ever since Frank’s death you’ve been trying to be more like him, it is almost scary. I think you’re doing this because you have trouble finding yourself, you’re identity, and your uniqueness. Try doing something you like, read a book, and I recommend you quitting your detective job. This would allow breaking from everyone holding you back and keeping you in that dark place.

Task 7 (Haiku)

Answer your phone now

Kimmery where are you at

Come satisfy me

Task 3

  • The world and setting of the story.
  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.

From a broader point of view, I have trouble figuring out what Lionel’s inner conflict is. The basic most obvious one is Lionel feeling like an outcast. However, I know it is much deeper than that and I want to figure it out. It is possible that Lionel is having trouble with his own identify. By the way he communicates with other character, and his actions ever since Frank’s death, we know there is a deeper issue. His unhealthy obsession with Kimmerly, his intense need to solve the crime of Minna’s killing, and his determination with this crime shows he is feeling something deep. It may be guilt because Lionel never had the chance to save Frank Minna. He might feel the need to prove himself as a person, as an individual who was never acknowledge  for his strengths or what he is capable of doing. He may feel frustrated for not being like others, or not being taken seriously. Everyone treats him like a child an now is Lionel’s chance to prove himself. Lionel also needs love, like everyone in this world. And through Kimmery, he gets the attention he craves and that everyone deserves. He feels worthy and loved, something he did not feel back at his school or while he was working for Frank Minna. At the same time, he may feel like the he owns it Frank for taking him out of that school and letting his interact with the rest of society. Lionel may feel stuck in his world of tics, but slowly he seems to appear more confident. But, at the same time, as his confidence grows, it seems that his inner conflict gets deeper.

  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.


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