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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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Dave

I think Beth's treatment was a very crude way of dealing with depression. I forget exactly how they spell it out. But it sounded to me like she was feeling depressed. Also, if I remember correctly, Pete says something about depression and it being a weak person's excuse.

Beyond showing the era's lack of understanding of psychological conditions, I also took it as a gender thing as well. Beth doesn't have the ability to just get a downtown apartment and sleep with who she wants in order to dull her pain. She tries to sleep with men other than her husband. But unlike Pete or Don, she is forced to get electroshock therapy in order to conform to her husband's wishes.

SEK

Also, if I remember correctly, Pete says something about depression and it being a weak person's excuse.

I think you do remember correctly; moreover, he found her mode of dealing with depression a sign of an even deeper weakness. Whether he learns anything about his affinity for such people and what that says about his character, well, I don't think he will.

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