The Great Girl Interrupted The Wild Essay

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The Great Girl Interrupted the Wild
As Susanna Kaysen lives her life aimlessly, overwhelmed by the negative side of her psychosis, her actions reflect uncertainty and self-harming motives. In Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, Kaysen portrays her commitment to a journey of self-discovery, which ultimately allows her to accept and understand herself and her psychosis. Although Susanna’s rebellious and harmful actions of coping with her psychosis are viewed by some critics as pushing the boundary of sanity, Kaysen’s choices are her way of progressing towards accepting and understanding her character to release her from the confines of her disorder.
Although Susanna Kaysen’s “ordinary world” is somewhat unstable and ambiguous in its direction, and her “call to adventure” is life-threatening, Susanna’s circumstances set her on a journey of self-understanding and discovery. There are parallels between Kaysen and Alex McCandless, the protagonist of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. Both Kaysen and McCandless have an unstable and distant relationship with their parents, which ultimately serves as a leading factor for their drastic call to adventure; Kaysen attempts to take her own life, and McCandless sets out on a perilous excursion. Kaysen validates her motives to escape her relationship with her parents when she attempts to take her own life: “... it was...part of myself I wanted to kill: the part that wanted to kill herself, that dragged me into the suicide debate… I’d swallowed…

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