am I not better already?” This perspective, along with a mix of the
events and character traits that have shaped Kimmy, allows viewers
to have a fuller picture of the possibilities presented when a
survival story exceeds that initial set-up and allows the survivor
character to become a whole person. By the end of the second
season, Kimmy faces the fact that there is more to work through
than she expected. This provides a storyline that is true to the
complications that come with living through trauma and with
going into therapy. This narrative encourages patience for those
who are dealing with traumas by portraying the process of seeking
help and healing as one that takes time and ongoing work. Kimmy
is asked to monitor her anger and her feelings and to interrogate
why she is feeling specific feelings at specific moments. All of these
tactics are used in real life, and the emphasis on the longevity of
healing allows other survivors to see themselves in Kimmy’s
journey. Healing takes time but is possible, and it is long past time
for a television series to depict that process of survivorship and to
help recalibrate the expectations of viewers who have experienced
trauma or who are in relationships with others who have had that
experience.
Conclusion
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt depicts Kimmy just as that:
unbreakable. The story of surviving patriarchal violence is one that
is messy and complicated, one in which being vulnerable and being
strong are not contradictory but, rather, come together to form a
fuller and more nuanced story of survivorship. Undeniably,
Kimmy Schmidt demonstrates the link between strength and
vulnerability through her story and its focus on what she does in
the face of violence, her tactics to combat it, and her choice to
move beyond the mole woman years even when the journey
becomes difficult. Sitcoms have tackled issues of sexual violence
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