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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Introduction Cont.
Movie came out in 2007 and made $5.6 million in box office and received an 8 out of 10 stars from critics
Three days after the book was published, Bauby died of pneumonia
In the prologue, the author reveals that on December 8, 1995, he survives a massive stroke that only leaves him with what is known as "locked-in syndrome"-paralyzed from head to toe, trapped in one's own body-only able to communicate by blinking his left eye
Characters: Jean-Dominique Bauby
"My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly." (Prologue, p. 5)
Was written and published March 6, 1997 in Berck-sur-Mer, France
Jean-Dominique Bauby's first publication
Majority of critics loved the book and thought the movie was moving as well
Sold the first 25,000 copies in the first day of publication; sold up to 150,000 in the first week
Became a number one best seller in Europe
Millions of copies have been sold to this day
Stroke took place in 1995 in Berck-sur-Mer, France
Writes the book from his hospital room (Room 119) at the naval Hospital at Berck-sur-Mer
Setting impacts Bauby in more of a negative way because being trapped in a hospital room while feeling trapped in your own body is not a great feeling and he feels like there's not a whole lot to his life anymore
The only major historical event that was happening in France in 1995 was the massive strike movement against welfare reform
Setting Cont.
• Jean Dominique Bauby, a forty-three year old editor, had the world in his palm, was handsome, drove nice cars, and travelled the world but after a severe stroke his life changed by being a victim of locked in syndrome.
• Left his ex wife and mother of his children for a new mistress
• At first he is severely depressed (pg. 12) but then achieves monumental achievement. He is outlined by his transformation from complete isolation to a new perspective and understanding of the world with locked in syndrome. This is emphasized in the title, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, and the quote above. His physical appearance and stage is like being in a diving bell submerged and completely isolated, but later comes to find he is more like a butterfly graciously fluttering through memories and new dreams.
• This incident emotionally connects many relationships in his life, such as mistress, ex wife, and father.

Characters: Mr. Bauby
“It cannot be easy for him to speak to a son who, as well he knows, will never reply. He also sent me a photo of me at a miniature-golf course.” (pg.45)
• Mr.Bauby is an old ninety-three year old man who through old age cannot go up and down stairs. He is very proud and loves his son, and continues to support him even though it is an emotional challenge for him.
• “Jean, I’m proud of you.” (Pg.46)
• After Jean goes in to locked in syndrome it is hard for Mr.Bauby to stay in contact with his son, but it is an emotional challenge for him to speak after what happened.
• Mr.Bauby was crucial to Jeans recovery, not only from his continuous support in the rough, but also from memories Jean has before he was locked in. A key moment when Mr.Bauby states that he is proud of jean. A fathers approval, a memory Jean treasures throughout his locked in syndrome.

Conclusion: Themes
Father-Son Locked In
"Today is Father's Day. Until my stroke, we had felt no need to fit this made-up holiday into our emotional calendar. But today we spend the whole of the symbolic day together, affirming that even a rough sketch, a shadow, a tiny fragment of a dad is still a dad." (Pg. 70)
“We are both locked-in cases, each in his own way: myself in my carcass, my father in his fourth-floor apartment.”(Pg.46)

• The author Juxtaposes both Jean and his father’s situations of being locked in to emphasize the similarity in two different visual appearances.

• At a very old age, Mr.Bauby is “locked in”; he is trapped in his apartment because he is not able to walk up and down stairs anymore. This is symbolic of the fact that despite his sons medical condition, both are “locked in” conveying the idea that Jean is no less human than his father.

• However both have lost something they have both gained a monumental achievement of overcoming an emotional obstacle of speaking to each other and Mr.Bauby accepting he won’t hear his son’s voice ever again.
“Hold fast to the human inside you, and you’ll survive.”(Pg.106)
Although a small role in the grand scheme of the memoir, Roussin symbolically was essential to Jean Dominique’s perspective of his new life.
Roussin and Jean met a few years before the stroke, at that time Bauby gave up his seat for Roussin in Hong Kong, unfortunately for Roussin the plane was hijacked and he would become a prisoner of war.
After Jean was disabled, Roussin visited him and gave him advice, provided in the quote above. Although Bauby was critical of the advise, after being scolded my Henrietta, his therapist, Jean realized he needed to stop pitying himself. This theme and advice of holding in to the human inside you ultimately inspires him to write this novel.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
"My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly." (Prologue, p. 5)
The symbolism and themes behind the title is much more than words it is Jean Dominiques lifestyle. Because of his medical condition he feels trapped in a diving bell deep under the sea isolated alone and scared, however, the butterfly represents his new perspective of life as him memories and imagination flutters away.
This is an important theme in this book because, It shows how through something terrible Jean Dominique Bauby gained something greater than anyone could even fathom, he learned how to overcome emotional challenges and now views the world with a beautiful perspective as his mind takes flight like a butterfly.
Conclusion: Veracity
• This Novel is completely 100% true for me because of three reasons, but there is truly no way to tell.
• His situation was already so tragic that it would be too difficult to communicate a lie to his translator that is with him everyday
• You cannot lie what you are thinking, it can be difficult to tell if it is true because all of his book is about dreams and only he knows whether they are true or not, however his dreams seem accurate and I don’t know why he would lie about a dream.
• Half the book has to be true because half of it is memories and a translator wrote it so there would be witnesses if he was lying of the translator would be able to tell.

"When I finally surfaced, I was in Room 119 of the Naval Hospital at Berck-sur-Mer, on the French Channel coast-the same Room 119, infused now with the first light of day, from which I write." (Prologue, pg. 4)
Start at 1:45
Stop at 3:45
• December 8th 1995 Jean-Dominique, a 43 year old editor of the French magazine Elle, suffers a massive stroke.
• The stroke leaves him completely and permanently paralyzed.
• Better known as locked in syndrome, he can only move his left eyelid.
• Shortly after the stroke he is introduced to Henriette, his new speech therapist.
• She teaches him to communicate using the most common letters
• She recites them and he blinks when he needs a letter.

Plot Cont.
• Therapy starts out poorly as he starts my dismissing her and telling her “it won’t work. Leave me alone”
• He receives a visit from his friend Roussin who tells him he needs to learn to communicate with his therapist.
• He responds with a smirky “easy said.” And with his next encounter with the speech therapist he states how he “wants to die”.
• He finally realizes he still has his imagination and memories, he maybe be submerged like a diving bell, but he still has his butterfly to roam free.

Plot Cont.
• “Some of them are serious in tone, discussing the meaning of life, invoking the supremacy of the soul, the mystery of every existence. And by a curious reversal, the people who focus most closely on these fundamental questions tend to be people I had known only superficially.” (pg. 83)

• This quote represents how it is only in Jean-Do’s dreams does he see the happy moments of his life come alive.

• In a particular dream he explains how it is a dream where he gets up and kisses a woman and he feels love and lust for the first time in years

• Dreams become Jean-Do’s escape from reality. Where he isn’t paralyzed, where he can be free from his new reality.

• This book has many conflicts as one can imagine
• There is Conflict in Career/ Work
• Conflict with society
• Conflict within himself.
• Conflict with education

Conflict Cont.
• All of these conflict are a result of him being paralyzed
• There is conflict with work after his stroke because he cannot edit anymore and he is stuck in a hospital.
• There is a conflict with society now because he is completely cut from all communications for the most part besides the immediate family or friends.
• There is a conflict also with education because at first it is not easy for him to learn this new way of communication by blinking his left eye lid.
Conflict Cont.
“For a moment I stared at that dilated pupil, before I realized it was only mine. Whereupon a strange euphoria came over me. Not only was I exiled, paralyzed, mute, half deaf, deprived of all pleasures, and reduced to the existence of a jellyfish, but I was also horrible to behold. There comes a time when the heaping up of calamities brings on uncontrollable nervous laughter - when, after a final blow from fate, we decide to treat it all as a joke. My jovial cackling at first disconcerted Eugénie, until she herself was infected by my mirth. We laughed until we cried. The municipal band then struck up a waltz, and I was so merry that I would willingly have risen and invited Eugénie to dance, had such a move been fitting. We would have whirled around miles of floor. Ever since then, whenever I go through the main hall, I detect a hint of amusement in the empress's smile.” (Pg. 25)

Conflict Cont.
• However the biggest conflict and the main conflict of the story is the internal conflict that Jean-Do deals with is the internal conflict.
• He deals with a lot of internal conflict because everything he knows now is internal.
• He cannot speak, he can’t write, he can’t move. He only has himself and his thoughts and his dreams.
• He battles within himself to find reason to keep living his life and to eventually write this memoir.
• As the quote explains he is trapped in his own mind and still has so many things to say, and so much effort to say them all.

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