Essay on Bridging Two Worlds in Girl Interrupted

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Bridging Two Worlds in Girl Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen's memoir, Girl Interrupted describes Kaysen's struggle to transcend across the boundary that separates her from two parallel universes: the worlds of sanity and insanity, security and vulnerability. In this memoir, Kaysen details her existence as a psychiatric patient diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in a mental institution where time seems circular alongside a parallel universe where time is normally linear. The hospital itself becomes a paradoxical representation of both strict confinement and ultimate personal freedom. Through Kaysen's short, blunt phrase-like sentences, she forcefully impresses the shocking conditions she endured on the memory of her
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Kaysen's Borderline Personaliy Disorder becomes a metaphor itself for how she teetered along the narrow boundary separating the parallel universe of reality from another reality magnified to the point of delusion that it becomes the seed of insanity. Ironically, the doctor who referred Kaysen to McLean seemed to act in the opposite extreme from her, immersing his attention to minute details to form a reality inflated to the point that the conclusions drawn no longer seem to be related to the observations. For example, he used little minor observations like Kaysen's pimple-picking and boyfriend problems to make very far-fetched conclusions that Kaysen, as result, must have a mental disorder and an emotional imbalance. Kaysen, on the other hand, also fascinated by the minor details did not draw any conclusions really that knit her observations to the broader picture. For example, Kaysen would become fascinated with someone's particular facial features

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