The Benjamins

The Benjamins is a True Life episode of two adult males brothers. One brother has Autism, and one brother has Asperger syndrome. Both of these medical conditions I would view as a Chaos narrative. My reasoning behind classifying Autism and Asperger’s as a chaos narrative is because both are chronic conditions. When diagnosed with either condition the patient will suffer through the tribulations all throughout their life. Another reason these medical conditions are classified, as chaos narrative is that the brothers experience social suffering. During the short film we see how the brothers struggle with switching up their daily routines. When asked to host a dinner party they were both very nervous to ask people over to their house, and to have dinner with people whom they were not comfortable with. We then see how after the dinner the Benjamin brothers feel empowered and are excited that they have accomplished something new. Another relation to the chaos narrative is that the Benjamin brothers hope that other people who have similar diagnosis will see that they are just as important as other people.


The Benjamin brothers demonstrate their part of the sick role during the short film. At the beginning of the film the Benjamin brothers introduce themselves, and then go on to introduce their medical conditions. They acknowledge that they are different from what society views as normal health. As the film progresses we see the different people that the Benjamin brothers rely on from day to day. They don’t see a doctor on a daily basis, but they have different people in their lives to support them and help them. They have a mentor who is basically the brother’s best friend. Their mentor comes over and hangs out with the brothers, and encourages them to meet new people. The brothers also have a social worker. The social worker works to help the brothers become more independent. The last part of the sick role is to be excused from regular responsibilities. The brothers during this episode cook a meal for themselves for the first time and they are 23 and 24 years old. Only one of the brothers has a drivers permit, not a driver’s license. Their medical condition just makes some responsibilities such as having a job not impossible, but significantly harder than someone without Autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply