Analysis of Susanna Kaysen in Girl Interrupted

  • Analysis Of Girl, Interrupted By Susanna Kaysen

    Girl, Interrupted is a memoir written by Susanna Kaysen in 1993. In her memoir, Kaysen recalls her time spent at a psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Her story is told through a collection of nonlinear vignettes as she chronicles her two years spent at psychiatric hospitall and her life after her time there. Kaysen recalls that in April of 1967, as an eighteen-year-old, she was admitted to McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts after attempting suicide by overdosing on fifty aspirin pills. Kaysen recounts her suicide attempt by saying: I wasn’t a danger to society. Was I a danger to myself? The fifty aspirin--but I’ve explained them. They were metaphorical. I wanted to get rid of a certain aspect of my character. I was performing a kind of self-abortion with those aspirin. It worked for a while. Then it stopped,--but I had no heart to try again. (p. 39) Kaysen describes her suicide attempt as a metaphor by wanting to purge herself of the things that she did not like about herself. Overdosing on pills only alleviated her for a short time until these feelings returned. After meeting with a doctor, he decides that she should spend some time in a psychiatric hospital and diagnoses her with borderline personality disorder. While at the hospital, Kaysen details her experiences in McLean and her experiences with the patients there including Lisa Rowe, a diagnosed sociopath, and Polly Clark, hospitalized for schizophrenia and…

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  • Borderline Personality In Girl Interrupted By Susanna Kaysen

    From the beginning of Susanna Kaysen’s, Girl Interrupted, the reader is immersed into a world where a normal adult woman’s life is interrupted.This is due to the error of the professional observers sending her to a mental correction facility where people who are deemed experts in their field such as psychotherapists, psychologists, and even therapists admit her based on their unanimous diagnosis of Borderline Personality. A normal woman is grouped together with people who actually do have major…

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  • Essay On Borderline Personality Disorder

    sometimes bodily harm (Comer, 2014, p. 413). In the movie, Girl, Interrupted, the main character, Susanna Kaysen, is an eighteen-year-old woman that is emotionally conflicted and is manipulated by peers and family to admit herself into Claymoore Hospital, a residential psychiatric facility. Susanna planned on staying for a few weeks to get a long needed rest that a colleague of her father, an ex-therapist, had suggested after talking to Susanna about her suicidal attempt with aspirin and…

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  • Girl Interrupted Gender Roles

    through extreme representations of teenage girls in films. Additionally, these female identities are important elements of society to normalize the female body as a possession while supporting a structure that employs the normalization of male dominance. Powerful images coupled with messages embedded in films about women serve as catalysts in supporting male dominance. Furthermore, a male dominance in filmmaking has manifested, aiding in the construction of gender stereotypes portrayed in film.…

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