|Plot Summary of Genie: A Scientific Tragedy|
|"In 1970, a young abused girl was found in Los Angeles. Nicknamed Genie by the media, the girl was taken from her home and placed in hospitals and foster homes as scientists and linguists attempted to help her. Genie had been kept confined with no socialization in her parents' home. Her father had been abusive and, believing Genie to be mentally retarded, had kept the girl confined in a back room of the house. The girl was not allowed to leave and was beaten when she made a noise. She did not learn to talk or behave normally because of her circumstances. Once Genie was found and placed in a hospital, a number of scientists and linguists, including Susan Curtiss, David Rigler, and Jean Butler, began to care for her. Scientists working with Genie disagreed amongst themselves about Genie's treatment and Genie suffered as a result. Rymer's book explores not only the life of Genie, but also the lives of the scientists and the society and scientific community which allowed Genie to suffer.
A. Antonow, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Genie: A Scientific Tragedy|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- parental abuse
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
- mentally ill
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- missing body parts/abilities
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Los Angeles
- scientific labs
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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