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Me before you

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Me before You
Jojo Moyes
jojo moyes
born in 1969 in London
novelist and journalist
1992: bursary financed by "The Independent"
journalism course
worked as a journalist for 10 years
2002: first book was published "Sheltering Rain"
has written eleven novels
2012: "Me before You" with over 3 million copies worldwide
won the Romantic Novelist's Award twice
Content
louisa (lou) CLark
william (Will) traynor
Will lives in London
successful, workaholic, "BIG life", girlfriend, independent
ACCIDENT
Lou lives in Stortfold at her parent's house
has a boyfriend for 7 years
works in a cafe
LOSES JOB
Will is quadriplegic - needs a carer
Lou is unemployed - needs a job
CONTACT
employment for half a year
employed to brighten up Will's life
difficulties
former best friend + ex girlfriend = engagement
"It would be nice - just for once - if someone
paid attention to what I wanted." - Will
lives together with her whole family
family financial dependent on her
boyfriend Patrick (7 years)
modest
frugal
loves her "ordinary" life
wears eccentric clothes
"lazy"
creative
anxious
strong
reclusive
ironic, sarcastic
capricious
mean
pessimistic
dismissive
cynical
DEPRESSIVE
intelligent
sensitive
worries about Lou
humorous
charming
RELATION IMPROVES
get to know each other better
Will's sister visits the family
Lou eavesdrops on a conversation
SHOCK
Lou wants to resign
talks to her sister
by now Lou wants to change Will's life
EXCURSIONS
Will comes to Lou's birthday dinner
Lou's dad gets a job in Will's dad's firm
Will's ex-girlfriend's wedding
Why does Will commit suicide?
LOU
LOu deserves A BETTER LIFE
wants a better life for Lou
she should experience the world
does not want her to care for him
life is worthless
cannot do anything on his own
dependent on others
had to change his lifestyle completely
dEPENDENCE
misses his life before the accident
cannot detach himself from his old life
hate his dependence
independence
committing suicide is his own decision
euthanasia
Dignitas
to live with dignity -
to die with dignity
dignitas lat. = dignity
Swiss association
founded in 1998 by journalist and lawyer Ludwig Minelli
right of self-determination
until 2012:
around 1,500 medically assisted suicides
around 30,000 - 40,000 prevented suicides
legal basis: Article 115 of the Swiss Federal Criminal Code
“Whoever, from selfish motives, induces another person to commit suicide or aids him in it, shall be confined in the penitentiary for not over five years, or in the prison, provided that the suicide has either been completed or attempted.”
Euthanasia in general
voluntary
non-voluntary
involuntary
conducted with consent of patient
assisted suicide: committing suicide with assistance of a physician
conducted where consent of patient is unavailable
§"mercy killings"
e.g. child euthanasia - illegal
some legal exceptions
INTIMACY
Lou plans to go on holiday with Will
Lou and Patrick break up
holidays
FALLS IN LOVE
Lou lovesick
Lou's parents get informed
about Will's plan
Lou flies to Switzerland
SUICIDE
Will wrote a letter to Lou
transferred money
perspectives for Lou
FORGIVENESS
Will loves his life
life's getting better and better
successful
independent
attractive
rich
sporty
self-confident
ACCIDENT
nursing case
dependent
depressive
character change
Attempted suicide
since then: observation
6-months-deal
Lou
difficulties
loses hope
converge
Will changes in a positive way
LOVE
like never before
SUICIDE
high point: own decision
life gets never as good as before the accident
WIll's development
Lou's development
his perspectives in life
"normal" life
Lou's satisfied with her life, family, boyfriend, job
loses job
unhappy

financial problems
no qualifications
gets new job
is motivated
well-paid
hates job
difficulties with Will
Will is mean
but: needs money
gets to know Will better
tries to change his mind
tries to support him
wants to make him laugh
begins to like him a lot
The 6-months-plan
wants to resign
revises her decision
falls in love
hopes to change his mind
cannot convince Will to stay alive
LOVESICK
Support
respects Will's own decision
Lou loses Will - but wins many perspectives
conducted against the will of the patient
murder
Structural change - Germany
pro?
Contra?
thanks for your attention!
Paulina
svea
&
euthanasia
Pro
Contra
right of self-determination
Is my life livable or not?
stop pain
Are we allowed to decide about the
worth of one's life?
human's dignity
religious scales are not a legal basis
abuse of euthanasia
religiously permitted
panic reactions
prevention of suicides
complication possible
pressure on nursery cases
reminds of Holocaust
Ethical question - it differs from case to case!!
structure
1. Jojo Moyes
2. "Me before You" - Main characters
3. "Me before You" - Content
4. "Me before You" - Character's development
5. "Me before You" - The question of "why?"
6. Euthanasia
7. Dignitas
8. Euthanasia - Structural change
9. Euthanasia - pros and cons
past: old/ill/disabled people died - no medical care
today: scientific progress - life-sustaining measures and prohibition of voluntary euthanasia majority of Dignitas members is German
contradiction: discussion about stricter laws
national socialist history: fear of nazi ideology "life unworthy of life"
past: death often unforeseeable, death of young people - no medical care
today: death more private, foreseeable, mainly old people - medical care
modern decade: higher living standard but still no integration of old/ill/disabled people
fast moving society
loneliness
ethical dilemma: individual freedom - responsibility of a society
controversial discussion
Sources:
www.jojomoyes.com
"Me before You" - book
www.bpb.de/apuz/31448/tod-und-sterben
www.dignitas.ch
www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/euthanasia/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia
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