Girl Interrupted Summary

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Girl, Interrupted
5) The ending of the book Girl, Interrupted was a bit unresolved and somewhat resolved. The resolution was incomplete for the most part. Susanna leaves the hospital and gets married, gets a job, and catches up with old friends. This is what any other normal girl would do at this point. After a short period of time, she gets a divorce and gets a wealthy boyfriend. They take many trips together and one of them so happen to be to "The Frick.” Kaysen had visited this museum before with her high school English teacher when she was seventeen. While they were there together she saw a painting. She says that the painting is telling her to call it quits in the relationship she has with her teacher. In the story it talks about the
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It is shown several times in the story that men are treated better in the story. One example from the text in this is that at a short-lived typing job Kaysen had, the women had a strict dress code and also all of the typers were women. When men in the story had NO dress code and all supervisors at the workplace were men. Also, women could only smoke during break in the bathroom while men could smoke anytime and anywhere. Another example from the text that the story contains sexism is that the illness Kaysen has is Borderline Personality Disorder. This is mostly diagnosed in women than in men. In the story it tells the symptoms of BPD and how they are most commonly found in females rather than males. It says, "The illness, she tells us, is most commonly diagnosed in women, and the symptoms are almost universally identified in women. Shoplifting, compulsive shopping, binge eating, and promiscuity are not usually characteristics that are associated with compulsive male behavior." The time period of the book shows that gender roles were quite different than they are now of …show more content…
Kaysen comes to the understanding very quickly, when entering Mclean hospital that while captivity appears to demand the surrender of being independent, the contrary is frequently true. In the chapter, Applied Topography, Kaysen says, “Freedom was the price of privacy.” A few examples of this is the book is that nurses check every room numerous times a day and every room is public except for one. This room is the “seclusion room” which is at the end of the hallway at farthest reach. It is the only area in the hospital that patients feel they have privacy because they are not under the careful watch of nurses. The patients may be in a hospital and feel isolated, but they are also free of responsibility without having to pay bills, go to school, or even having a job. Kaysen thought a marriage proposal would be a reasonable way of getting to leave the hospital, and she was right. This may have been her way out but it still limits her opportunities in the outside

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