Girl, Interrupted | Study Guide

Susanna Kaysen

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girl-interrupted-susanna-kaysen_V2Susanna, Elementary Topographyas insanity just a matter of dropping the act?Sources: Boston Globe, New York Times, SlateCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.DocumentsProvide credibility and symbolize facts andtangible realityWindows & DoorsRepresent boundaries between the hospital and the outside worldTimeSymbolizes how the hospital routine defines patients’ livesSymbolsIll-tempered adolescent addicted to chicken and laxatives; kills herselfDaisyTroubled girl with a scarred face; tried to commit suicide by setting herself on firePollyRebellious, manipulative sociopath and prankster; admired by the other girlsLisa RoweDepressed 18-year-old; chronicles her experience in a psychiatric facilitySusannaMain CharactersKaysen is an American writer whose memoir and novels explore how social constraints shape personal identity. Her memoir—along with its 1999 film adaptation—chronicles her stay in the late 1960s at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, where she was treated for depression and borderline personality disorder.SUSANNA KAYSENBORN 1948AuthorEach person has a unique version of the truth based on his or her perspective.Deciphering the TruthSome girls are truly ill, but some are misdiagnosed because of unusual behavior.Nonconformityvs. InsanityAs turmoil unfolds in the late-1960s United States, Susanna Kaysen spends more than a year inside a psychiatric hospital. She and the other patients struggle with varying degrees of mental illness, combating stifling social norms and expectations on their road to recovery.A Time ofMadnessTHEMESMental illnesses isolate the girls in the hospital from the outside world.IsolationEnglishOriginal Language1993Year PublishedSusanna KaysenAuthorGirl, InterruptedMemoirNonfiction

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