The Shrike - Act 2, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

Joseph Kramm
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Act 2, Scene 4 Summary

Ann arrives for a visit with Jim and tells him that she has spoken with Dr. Bellman on the phone. Jim tells Ann that she can have him released if she will just make the arrangements. Ann promises to look into that option but says that Dr. Bellman thinks Jim needs to stay for a while. Jim asks Ann if she is trying to get him committed and she denies it.

Jim breaks down trying to explain the pressure to act normal in an abnormal situation and how he lives in fear of being sent to "seven" or being transferred to the state hospital. Jim agrees to get psychiatric help on the outside but wants to leave the hospital. Ann reminds Jim that they do not have the money for private psychiatrists and Jim offers the options of going to the VA hospital...

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