Abnormal psychology 242 paper
Susanna Kaysen is the autobiographical main character in Girl, Interrupted. Winona Ryder plays Susanna Kaysen in the 1999 drama film, which is an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir bearing the same name. Girl, Interrupted chronicles Susanna’s one and half years stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s (Girl, Interrupted, 1999). At the start of her memoir, Kaysen is an eighteen-year-old troubled teenager. At this point, she had dropped out of school, had attempted suicide with an overdose of aspirin and had a relationship with her high school English teacher. The doctor who committed her to the McLean mental institution had a twenty-minute consultation with her. She felt an overriding emotion of exhaustion during this time.
Kaysen narrates Girl, Interrupted in an emotionless voice the mirrors the detachment she experiences from life as a teenager. As an adolescent, Kaysen was rebellious and failed to follow regulations, which alarmed her parents. She worked shortly in a typing job and was shocked by the unconcealed sexism prevalent at the work place. Kaysen has a problem making visual sense of patterns. She also wonders if sanity is just a fantasy that people create in order to feel normal (Girl, Interrupted, 1999). This leads her to draw the conclusion that since many famous individuals had been residents of the institution, individuals with creative minds may be susceptible to mental diseases. She also experiences doubts about the accuracy of her memory, which she believes that it falls into two classes: fast and slow, which contribute to mental paralysis. She suffers from episodes of depersonalization that led her to attempt to tear her hand in order to prove that he had bones under the skin. Kaysen also experiences worries that she “loses” time as evidenced after she woke up form general anesthesia (Girl, Interrupted, 1999). She believes that she is sane and suffers from episodes of...