The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary


Erin Gruwell

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The Freedom Writers Diary: Part V: Diary 58 Summary & Analysis

When this student reads about a character’s suicide in Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, s/he thinks about her/his own struggle with depression, a mental illness that runs in her/his family. Suicide is always on this student’s mind and once, after a fight with her/his mother, s/he even tried to cut her/his wrist with a knife. S/he realizes that s/he no longer identifies with that moment, in which s/he felt there was no alternative to her/his situation besides dying.
This student realizes that even the darkest, most dangerous, life-threatening moments in her/his life do not define her/him forever. Rather, s/he trusts that one’s circumstances and mindset can change over time until, one day, one finds that the worst moments in one’s life belong to the past.
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