Case Study: The Mind of Alias Grace Essay

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In Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Doctor Simon Jordan is a psychologist that is analyzing and talking to convict Grace Marks with the ultimate goal of unlocking the truth behind the murder case of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. Parts of Grace’s memory are missing completely, and through constant discussions with Doctor Jordan about her dreams and memories from the past, Doctor Jordan is trying to find a way around the memory blocks while examining the validity of Grace’s claims and psychological state. Despite the fact Doctor Jordan is Grace’s link to mental stability and truth, Doctor Jordan needs just as much help as Grace does in finding himself, but his process of self-discovery is never completed due to an accident during the …show more content…
Doctor Jordan dares to explore and contemplate a different lifestyle than he originally planned because of Grace. “He finds himself wondering what it would be like to live back there, in that lush and peaceful countryside; in, for instance, Thomas Kinnear’s house, with Grace as his housekeeper. Not only his housekeeper: his locked and secret mistress” (Atwood 388). After this fantasy—he realizes that Grace is the only girl that he has ever wanted to marry. He realizes that he is attracted to danger and edge (Siddall). “Murderess, murderess, he whispers to himself. It has an allure, a scent almost… He imagines himself breathing it as he draws Grace towards him, pressing his mouth against her” (Atwood 389). After meeting Grace, Doctor Jordan’s personality gradually becomes more distinct. He becomes less objective and is more so swayed by his feelings and opinions than before. “… he wishes to be astonished. He knows this is a dangerous state of mind: he must preserve his objectivity” (Atwood 395). Doctor Jordan wants to believe in Grace. The line between his work life and personal life is starting to blurr, and his personal feelings are starting to affect his interaction with Grace (Blanc). Doctor Jordan’s arc of self-discovery was cut short when he left Grace. At first, he left

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