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“This [Entangled] is a story of the love of a daughter for her mother, and the willingness of a daughter to put everything on the line to gain the right to care for and love her mother. Romnes is a truly professional presenter, an excellent writer, and an inspiring speaker.”
Alex Schadenberg from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition regarding Jen’s half-hour presentation at the 2015 Euthanasia Symposium in Montreal.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE ENTANGLED SERIES
1- Are there any specific points that you believe the police (or other authorities) should have intervened? If so, when and how?
2- Darlene believes that both her daughter, Jen, and Jen’s father, Dan, don’t get along because they both have the same trait: both are stubborn. Which scene(s) illustrate this best? Are there traits you share with others in your family that make your relationships better or worse?
3- Jen believes that her memories make her the person she is, right down to her behavior. Which flashbacks cause Jen to behave in a specific way? Do you have memories that shape your current actions?
4- Tense moments made Jen nauseous so frequently that her teenaged self nickname her problem “nerve vending.” How do you think prolonged periods of heightened stress impact your health?
5- Do you think that familial abuse can impact families for generations? If so, how do you stop it?
QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO ENTANGLED 1: CAUGHT BETWEEN CHOICES
1-People stay in abusive relationships for a myriad of reasons. Do you think this is a true choice? If so, which factors could be mitigated to encourage victims to make healthier choices?
2- Do you think that Jen would have been better off if her teenaged mother had put her up for adoption at birth? Or should a family always be encouraged to stay together?
3- Jen’s struggle to loosen her father’s grip on her was life-long. Do you think she could have gained her independence earlier? Is the “ownership” of parents over their children appropriate?
4- Why do you think that psychological and financial abuse are not treated the same way in criminal law as physical abuse? Do you think the different types of abuse cause more or less harm?
QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO ENTANGLED 2: BETRAYED FROM WITHIN
1- Legally, substitute decision makers do not have the authority to override a patient’s encoded rights. Yet, Entangled depicts how easily Dan did exactly that. Why do you think the misuse of power, and the authorities acceptance of the abuse of power is so widespread?
2- Do you think the early-onset Alzheimer’s gene impeded Darlene from getting out of her abusive relationship by sabotaging her ability to form “complex” thoughts? If so, how? Did Jen’s genetic status help (or hurt) her life’s choices?
3- While at the Regault, Darlene wanted to kill herself. Which factors do you think led to these self-destructive feelings? Was it her shame stemming from having memory-loss? Or did she simply want to escape from the deplorable conditions at the Regault?
4- Denial is a common reaction to devastating events. Since Privacy Law inhibited Jen’s ability to know what was happening with her mother, do you think Jen’s imposed lack-of-knowledge deepened her denial?