Essay by JumpyUniversity, Bachelor'sB, December 1996

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1) The loss of Nell's twin sister had a dramatic effect on her. Nell and May were

raised in a secluded environment with no outside contact. As a result, May and Nell

became very close emotionally and were an integral part in each others lives. When May

died, Nell lost part of her life as well which resulted in vivid memory replay. A good

example of this is when Nell was turning around in circles by herself but, in her mind, she

was turning around in circles with her missing half. At the end of the movie, the evidence

of the importance of May in Nell's life was still evident as Nell played will Jerry's daughter

on the rocks that May and her once played on. The movie did portray what is generally

believed about twins. The loss of one had a dramatic effect on the other. They had their

own twin speech and their own games.

At the end of 20 plus years, Nell still felt the loss

of her twin sister.

        2) The expert psychologist in the movie believed that Nell was mentally retarded

and had made a small amount of intellectual development as a result of being raised in

seclusion. Fortunately, they were wrong. The speech that Nell gave in the courtroom

proved that she had developed intellectually. While the language that she used was

different, Nell still gave a good list of very abstract ideas that someone who is mentally

retarded could not possibly comprehend. Nell understood why she was different saying

that she was raised in a small world and knew small things unlike the large things found in

the city of Charlotte, N.C. This proved that Nell was very capable of living by herself and

taking care of herself.

        3) The experts, in the...