WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Luna St., La Paz, Iloilo City
AZEL ANN B. BARON - 3B AUGUST 22, 2013
A Reflection Paper in Neuropsychiatry
I. MY REFLECTION
This is a story about a homeless man, named Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr., who used to be a very talented musician and attended Julliard which is one of the biggest school of music in the United States. For some time in his younger years, something happened that led him to wander along the streets of Los Angeles. Nathaniel’s story was unknown to public until he met, Steve Lopez, a columnist in LA Times. Impressed with his violin playing and his status as a homeless, Lopez wrote many stories about Nathaniel and his columns gained appraisal from the community. Steve and Nathaniel’s unlikely friendship had eventually helped the musician get off the street, sought treatment for his illness and reunited with his sister. Likewise, Nathaniel had also helped Lopez’s relationship with his own family.
The voices Nathanial hears during the movie prompt much of the storyline, and are in fact the main obstacle towards any kind of recovery. Indeed, most of his troubles revolve around his fear of being forced into a similar situation as the one he encountered at Julliard, trapped in hellish situations, always running, paranoid. Possibly he was not in control of himself at those times; maybe he had knowledge of what he was doing because the noises within him drowned everything else out. Regardless, though he is relatively restrained throughout most of the film, Nathaniel’s nightmare is being forced into a place where he cannot observe the sky and cannot be out in open. He hates tight spaces, cramped enclosures, and when Lopez tries to get him an apartment, he reacts against not the charity, but the possibility of being shut in without escape. Despite this, with time, he is able to adjust and move forward on his own terms with gentle nudges, help, and kindness from...