How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Gretchen Sherrill & Spencer Morphis A-4

Depression (Overview)

  • The Grinch is a grumpy man who lives atop Mount Crumpet, who clearly has some psychological issues. He is a green, has a dog Max, and envies the happiness of the "Whos" down in Whoville. The Grinch is very resentful, cantankerous, and pursues to be alone. Through research we have diagnosed the Grinch with depression!
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  • Overweight, Bad Hygiene.
  • Lying
  • Lack of joy in his life.
  • He is very abusive towards his dog Max.
  • Wanting to be alone. (I mean he lives isolated on the top of a mountain)
  • He tries to stop Christmas from happening down in Whoville.
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Causes & Evidence

  • The Grinch is physically and socially isolated from anyone (except for his Max)

  • He feels no sense of connection to the citizens of Whoville and does not understand why they are so cheerful all the time

  • When the people of Whoville are joyful because of food and presents and Christmas, The Grinch gets mad so he is determined to stop their happiness.

    • "I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!"
    • “That's one thing I hate! All the noise, noise, noise, noise!”

    • “And then, they'll do something I hate most of all. Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, will stand close together... with Christmas bells ringing. They'll stand hand in hand... and those Who’s... will start singing!”
    • He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick! "Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Santy Claus lied, "There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side." "So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear." "I'll fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here."


“It’s that contrast between how you’re feeling inside and how all those happy people are feeling out there that can really be torture for someone who has depression.” ~University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Psychologist Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D.

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How The Grinch is cured:

  • After The Grinch has an epiphany, he returns everything to Whoville because he realizes that to the Who’s, Christmas is about more than food and gifts. He also participates in their celebrations

  • "How could it be so? It came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!"

  • In real-life, this cure would probably have come from years of counseling

  • To stop suffering from loneliness, one must have connections with others

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