The Shrike - Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

Joseph Kramm
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Act 2, Scene 2 Summary

Jim meets with another psychiatrist, Dr. Bellman, who asks Jim to recount his suicide attempt. Jim is annoyed at the repeated request but complies, and tells the doctor that his wife needed money and the insurance policy was the only option he had remaining so he tried to kill himself. Dr. Bellman wants to discuss Charlotte but Jim will not bring her into this discussion of his life.

According to Jim, suicide is not a selfish act in his case because all the people he knows would soon be over his death. Jim feels that mourning the dead is a huge waste of time and that it is an unnecessary complication to a normal fact of life.

Dr. Bellman gives Jim a standard sanity test and Jim is annoyed because he simply wants to go home and begin his life again, but Dr. Bellman cannot...

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