Give YOU a break? I bloody had to spend 2 months at Woodbridge and you want a break?
-Vinod , give me a break OK-
Yah, that was in BMT. See, i don't mind talking about it, you know. But i don't want this 'what are you doing here' shit OK?
Do you feel better now? It's been what? Two and a half years?
Vinod and Denise had a intense conversation on Woodbridge and debate. Vinod then proceeds to telling Denise about going Arts. This scene depicts how society reactions to mental ill patient. They overreact and freak out at every move of the mental ill patients and this causes a chain reaction.
Two steps into NUS and I already feel like shit. No, maybe I'll wait until people don't know who I am anymore.
Tension is evoked in this scene through conflicts and argument between Charlie and Vinod. Both characters talks about sensitve topics like Woodbridge and Army. The argument may strain the friendship between Charlie and Vinod , furthermore conflicts may lead to more misunderstandings and they may get physical.
Who needs the Singapore education system? Make a difference. Fight against the system
Vinod couldn't take it anymore, he burst out revealing his true feelings. He feels hurt that even his past close friends treat him like a stranger. He doesn't mind talking about his mental illness which shows that all he wants from them is for them to treat him as a friend and not act awkward around him.
The writer evokes sympathy for Vinod from the audience by the chose of words and tone used. "I already feel like shit" appeals to the reader emotions as it portrays Vinod as a innocent victim of bullying because of his mental illness. This raises awareness for mental illness as the reader can feel and understand through the situation Vinod faced.
Student 1 is brought into the picture again to show that nothing has changed. Vinod tries so hard to change the circumstances in his life, in the end society still calls him crazy. Furthermore, "fighting against the system..." this may represent Vinod thoughts on society. Even though these students in a prestigious school such as NUS should be smart, however they show a lack of empathy for Vinod and even ignores him.
Don't know say don't know lah! Aiyer, siow you know.