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ENGL 101 3/26/07 Power vs. Madness The relationship between power and madness presents itself many times throughout the novel Girl, Interrupted . Those committed in the psychiatric ward often express their feelings for members of higher levels of authority. More specifically, it is obvious to see that these men and women are not intimidated by just those in higher levels, but instead those who make it obvious that they believe they are in better standing. In the chapter “Keepers”, Kaysen explains the nurse Valerie. Valerie is, as Kaysen says, “the only staff person we trusted.” (83) She gives the reason for this level of trust in her because Valerie was afraid of neither the patients nor the doctors. She did not talk much either, much different from most others in the institution, a feature that most of them
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Unformatted text preview: liked as well. In the next paragraph, Kaysen goes on to explain how all the nurses had a “special language”, but Valerie did not. Kaysen makes the point in this passage that because none of the patients were intimidated by Valerie, a woman of much higher power within the facility, there was a stronger element of trust between them and her. She did not try to prove her superiority to the patients, and for that they respected her. Valerie did not make her patients feel like they were problematic, using phrases that she knew they could relate to and understand. Although Valerie was a woman of higher power than the patients of the institution, they all trusted her because she did not try to force her power upon the patients....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Sean during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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