A very profound statement laced with irony. I had started 글쓰기 this 기사 as a review on this week’s House episode, “The Itch” but upon 글쓰기 it I stumbled upon something I much preferred to write about. Now I realize this whole thought pattern I have here might be me 읽기 far too much into a TV show, 또는 maybe my very in-depth study of Dubliners (James Joyce) in English class right now, that deals with the theme of paralysis, might be to blame for this thought pattern. But nevertheless I feel this is quite interesting, whether it’s a product of my English class 또는 not, so here we go! Please do not take offense if your ship is portrayed in a way 당신 dislike, this is 의해 no means to “bash” your ship, just merely to point out my view on the characters.
House MD is essentially a formula based medical show about doctors struggling to cure a patient. After going through a battery of tests, verbal abuse from House and a couple of organ failures, most of the time the team manages to send the patient 집 healthy but with his ears burning because of some sarcastic 코멘트 from the mean doc. This would be the show for any causal watcher, but for most of us here, the show goes much deeper.(how obsessive does that sound?) House MD is a detailed character study of not only its main character Gregory House, but of his 프렌즈 and colleagues, using those characters’experiences to send messages to the audience about moral and ethical issues. Jus as authors of books, the writers of House MD generally use running themes through the show to emphasize the messages they wish to convey. One of these themes (or motifs) is the theme of paralysis.
Since its House, let’s start with the root of the show, the patients. Frequently, I’m not going to watch every episode and count, the unlucky sole that happens to be the patient of the week goes through the symptom of paralysis. Obviously, this is the onset of the disease getting worse, but it also seems to reflect something about the patient’s situation. The patients seem to come in already being “paralyzed” if I may use the term in that way. Each of them is stuck in a life they don’t want, 또는 has something blocking their path. To name just a few:
Lucille Palmeiro- “The Socratic Method”, suffering from schizophrenia, which doesn’t allow her to connect with her son.
Joey Arnello- “Mob Rules”, the mafia won’t accept him being gay.
Senator Gary H. Wright- “Role Model”, his political power limited because he is black.
Clarence- “Acceptance” is literally stuck in jail.
Melinda Bardach- “Safe”, has a poor immune system and is confined to her house.
Richard McNeil- “Meaning”, he’s literally paralyzed, stuck in a wheelchair.
Jack Walters- “Whac-a-mole”, 18 년 old has to take care of his siblings
Stevie Lipa- ‘Needle in a haystack”, Can’t do anything his family doesn’t like.
Nozick- “The Itch”, an agoraphobic who stays inside his house.
These are just examples, I could have made an argument for any patient of the week, I could talk about Nate from “The Jerk” if I wanted to, 또는 maybe Kenny from “Ugly”, but this list proves that it seems to be a running theme that the patient of the week displays some sort of paralysis in their current world which is stopping them from living life to the fullest. Normally the sympton of paralysis, 또는 the physical embodiment of the metaphorical
As we can see with the last paragraph, is also seems that the doctors of PPTH have their own issues of paralysis which them and their relationships with others. The show is very ironic in the sense that the patients are normally not only fixed medically, but also fixed morally and often appear to be leading better lives because of their experience at PPTH. While the doctors, whose 조언 the patients took, are often left exactly where they started, paralyzed. This irony seems to go back to the 모토 of the show, “You Can’t Always Get What 당신 Want, but if 당신 try sometimes 당신 might find that 당신 can get what 당신 need”, if 당신 옮기기 past your problems, things will get better, but 당신 have to try and escape whatever is holding 당신 back. Each of the doctors experience their own version of the paralysis and while there are those characters like House, who’s problems have been explored far 더 많이 greatly than others, the show has managed to slide in problems of the newbies and plenty of paralysis hangs around its guest stars. Let’s start with those, the reoccurring guest stars.
There is not a whole lot to say about Vogler, considering that his character was to serve as a tool of dramatic tension and was 더 많이 of a ploy to 옮기기 character development along in the first season rather than a major character, but paralysis still enveloped him. Vogler was paralyzed 의해 his money and his hatred of defiance. He is greedy and selfish and doesn’t look past the edge of a dollar bill nor does he appreciate House’s disobedience towards rules. This view of the world eventually causes Vogler to essentially kill one of House’s patients. Luckily Cuddy got him booted out.
Stacy on the other hand was a much 더 많이 developed character who played a much bigger role, and essentially created House’s own paralysis. Ironically with the characters of House and Stacy, they seem to create each other’s
Tritter again was not as wholly developed as Stacy was but his obvious obsession with House
Amber also had an air of paralysis hanging about her, but not to the same extent as many of the characters. Amber’s paralysis was her own undoing, at least in the competition for the fellowship job and perhaps with her death
As one can see, even the guest stars of House carry this theme, but onto the main characters of the show.
Not much has been revealed about this charming addition to the cast. Pin-pointed as the sort of goofy whiz-kid, Kutner’s paralysis may lie though in his
Taub on the other hand is not so much paralyzed 의해 a personality quality, but rather 의해 a past action. Even if things do repair between his wife and him, adultery never fully goes away and will always put a 벽 between him and his wife. Taub’s one moment of stupidity and lust has cost him everything. He had to change careers, from one of a successful plastic surgeon, undoubtedly with a higher salary and partly owning his own practice, to a fellow on a diagnostic team. It’s demeaning and House enjoys picking up on that and poking fun at him. For a while though, besides the job change, it seemed that Taub’s life wasn’t fully affected 의해 his cheating. But now that he has told his wife, this might be the cynic in me, but I truly think that though it might not end their relationship, it certainly will put a bump in his marriage that will never go away. So in effect, Taub’s whole life is now at a standstill because he is paralyzed 의해 his cheating.
13’s paralysis is obviously her disease. One can see very plainly the difference in 13’s character after she received her diagnosis; only recently in “Joy” and “The Itch” was she sort of back to
her sarcastic self. Before knowing that she was dying, 13 seemed to be moving 앞으로 in her life. She had applied for a fellowship and competed with all of the others for something she truly wanted; face it if 당신 didn’t want the job 당신 would have quit. She was determined and strong and as I said pushing her life onwards. But after the Huntington’s test was confirmed she has sunken into a defeatist mentality. Though strong for one episode in “Dying changes everything”, the patient of the week, Lou, her own paralysis of staying with her boss and not “spreading her wings” further crippled 13 so that her hope lowered ten-fold. 13 is now stuck in a rut of partying, having sex, doing drugs and really doing nothing effective in her life. Though she may be “enjoying” life and having “fun”, really 13 is trapped in her own self pity (I know it’s a harsh word) and cannot push 앞으로 with her life, “Lucky 13” showed us that.
I’d like to thank BB for this inspiration, I was kind of stuck on Chase. Chase’s paralysis stems from his expectations of other people. First House and then Cameron, Chase has these ideas about people and bases a lot of his actions and frankly depends on those ideas to guide him to do the “right” thing. Chase was not only scared of House but he also deeply respected him. Chase, I think 더 많이 than anyone else so far in the show,
Foreman on the other hand isn’t paralyzed 의해 his expectations of others but of himself. Because Foreman had such a rocky past and was given a 초 chance after being sent to Juvie, he appreciates how lucky he is and therefore rarely lets himself get out of line. But because his
Cameron, as Chase so cleverly pointed out in “The Itch”, can’t get over her dead husband. Her paralysis is that she is afraid of commitment (as Foreman pointed out once as well). Cameron picks needy people to give help to because she knows that, deep down somewhere, that the “love” they give her is very superficial and selfish based on the desire to serve themselves rather than to 사랑 her back. She picks these people to dote on because she wants
Wilson is an enabler. What Wilson is trapped 의해 is his own need to please other people. Always being the reliable friend and a shoulder to cry on, Wilson’s first interests always seem to be other people. Amber picks up on this in “Living the Dream” when Wilson doesn’t buy the mattress he wants but the mattress he thinks she wants. Wilson’s life as he has known it before Amber remained at a complete standstill. He got married, he got divorced, he got married, he got divorced etc. Nothing changed, because he didn’t change. He was stuck in this cycle of women; he would be their “friend” and then take them out but always thinking of them first. This either built up resentment against the woman, or, he was never showing the woman who he actually was in the first place. Either way, it always ended up badly, and Wilson would
HOUSE: Mr. Well-adjusted is as messed up as the rest of us. Why would 당신 keep that a secret? Are 당신 ashamed of recognizing how pathetic your life is?
Resignation, season 3, episode 22
We have seen that Wilson is capable of breaking out of his paralysis he just needs the right people to guide him in that direction.
Cuddy shares many similar qualities to House, and therefore is as stuck in her depths of paralysis as he is, the only difference really being that she desperately tries to climb out. Cuddy’s paralysis is her perfectionism. Cuddy wants everything to be perfect, 또는 like House needs to control everything. As House says, “It makes 당신 okay at what 당신 do, and it means 당신 will never be happy”. She is a “control seeking narcissist” who needs to be in control so that she can try to make things perfect. It’s what drove her ambition to become dean of medicine, a belief that she could do it better than someone else, its why she pushes so hard against the Huddy relationship, the obvious non-thinking of him in “The Itch”, and why she will be alone because nothing can be as perfect as she envisions it to be. This is partly why she becomes so attached to her
And now we get to House….practically the definition of paralysis.
House could have his own essay alone on this, but I will try my best to reign in my thoughts and not ramble too much. House is as said above is the literal definition of paralysis, not only is he physically crippled and that limits his actual moments, House is an emotional cripple hiding behind masks of sarcasm and harsh cynicism.
In “The Itch”, he says that he would be better off “alone”, which one could argue that he was thinking of Cuddy’s benefit in that sentence, but this sentence is also proof of how House deludes himself. 의해 thinking that people are better off without him, he is using a lame excuse to not make himself vulnerable to anyone. 의해 claiming that he will hurt the ones closest to him 의해 letting them get close, he is really covering up for his fear of letting them close, because it will make things different. They will see him differently, and perhaps it will change the secure relationship he has with them. Because that change in relationship could being events that he can’t control, and everything could blow up in his face, just like his dream.
House takes such an interest in the lives around him because he is using them as sort of guiena pigs for testing this theories about change. When he notices something big happening in the lives that surrond him, he takes an unhealthy interest in it, putting an almost radar on the party involved in the change. He analyzes everything about situation and prys into that person’s life, trying to understand their motives and pushing them to reflect on themselves. He watches and studies to see what the change will bring to them, will it be bad 또는 will it be good? He uses other people to base his theories about change and what happens to you, and frankly he has not been convinced that change is good.
It has only been a recent development that House has wanted to escape the life he is living and perhaps escape his paralysis. Perhaps his talk with Amber on the bus produced this new House, but certainly in season 2 we would have never seen House heeding Wilson’s 조언 and rushing off to Cuddy’s doorstep. House may try to be escaping his paralysis, but in fact it was too strong for him and forced him to back away from the door. 더 많이 than anything House is afraid of losing the relationships he values with people, and 의해 knocking on her door, he is risking it all blowing up in his face (I just 사랑 referencing that dream). Who knows if House will ever overcome his own insecurities?
The theme of paralysis plays a major role in House MD, from the patients coming in having literal paralysis and sharing similar figurative paralysis with their doctors, 육지, 쇼 어 and Jacobs might be trying to point out to everyone that indeed everyone is trapped 의해 something. Whether its an illness such as the case was in “The Socratic Method” 또는 your sexuality in “Mob Rules” 또는 maybe just your deepest fears as with House, everyone has something they need to overcome. And that’s just it, the point of the show. “You can’t always get what 당신 want”, no 당신 can’t. 당신 are held back from the things 당신 want, 당신 stand back and watch as your life passes 당신 의해 because 당신 are to scared to step out of the comfortable shell 당신 have made your life. But that’s why Cuddy says the 초 part of the motto, “But if 당신 try sometimes 당신 can get what 당신 need,” 또는 as House puts it, “CLIMB OUT OF YOUR HOLES PEOPLE”. Stop letting the world pass 당신 의해 because 당신 can’t force yourself to take chances. The show seems to imply that 의해 trying for things and getting over your paralysis like the patients, you’re life will be better and though there are the risks of everything blowing up in your face, wouldn’t 당신 rather turn out like one of the patients than like House?