A Departed Mind Devoid of Infatuation
Bardelli, Kenneth Jr
Drug use , Grievance
This is a short story about a young man's loss of his beloved girlfriend Kaitlin. Kaitlin acts as a stabilizer and female role model as well as a lover in this piece and after the loss the main character, Doug Fatima, descends in a myriad of various drug addictions and abuse incidents. These incidents will be mirrored by the five stages of grief which are, in order: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression, and Acceptance. These five stages of grief will also function as the titles to my chapters. The main character shares a stream-of-consciousness view point throughout the story that takes the reader into the mind of a man on drugs, travelling down a path that leads to insanity.
This short story follows a stream-of-consciousness style through out all mindsets and impairments inflicted upon the protagonist. Bargaining features the main characters mind as it first encounters amphetamines, anger with amphetamines and cocaine, depression with amphetamine's depressive effects in collusion with mdma, and finally the aforementioned substance in combination with an LSD overdose in the final chapter.