We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

Movie ‘Awakenings’

The whole doc is available only for registered users

A limited time offer! Get a custom sample essay written according to your requirements urgent 3h delivery guaranteed

Order Now

In the movie Awakenings, a psychiatrist takes an interest in the patients that are in a statue-esque state. After much research and experimentation, he concludes that the patients were misdiagnosed, and actually have a severe case of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous disease associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine and characterized by muscular tremor, slowing of movement, partial facial paralysis, peculiarity of gait and posture, and weakness. His experimental treatment included the new drug Dopamine, which is an antagonist in the brain, blocks the transmissions, and thereby limiting it, and increases Copamine in the synaptic gap.

When the patients “awoke”, they almost acted as an adult newborn. Every little detail that we took for granted, such as electricity, the views of the city streets, and even simple decision making and freedoms, they were entranced and obsessed with. It was difficult for some of the treated patients to cope with the realization that they have been “asleep” for 30 some years, time must have been warped if they didn’t realize they were gone for so long. He only problem with the treatment was that most of the patients relapsed. The drug couldn’t maintain the charge needed, and therefore exited the system.

One reviewer of the movie said “we have forgotten what matters – friendship, family, and the simplest things.” After watching the movie, and seeing the reactions and the feelings of the patients, it really shows how much we overlook. These patients were overwhelmed that they could speak and walk. One patient requests to go for a walk, the doctors don’t understand why because they do it all the time, but as he explains, he hasn’t been able to make simple decisions as to going right, left or straight, talking to people, or just enjoying the scenery. It does make you think as to how much we take for granted. If you were to have a severe disability, it would be the small things in life that you would miss, watching the sunrise and sunset, having the open road at your disposal, and just being able to make your own decisions. We take these things for granted because we have full access to it, maybe it really is healthy to stop and smell the roses once and a while.

Related Topics

We can write a custom essay

According to Your Specific Requirements

Order an essay
Materials Daily
100,000+ Subjects
2000+ Topics
Free Plagiarism
All Materials
are Cataloged Well

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email.

By clicking "SEND", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access

How about getting this access

Your Answer Is Very Helpful For Us
Thank You A Lot!


Emma Taylor


Hi there!
Would you like to get such a paper?
How about getting a customized one?

Can't find What you were Looking for?

Get access to our huge, continuously updated knowledge base

The next update will be in:
14 : 59 : 59