Please watch Girl, Interrupted, a movie which is available on Netflix.
Write a 2-3 page discussion of the following questions in the context of mental health. Add any other reflections you feel are important and relevant.
Most of the early sections of Girl, Interrupted are devoted to the narrator’s observations of her fellow patients. To what extent, if any, do these women seem “crazy” to you? What difference do you see in the book’s treatment of “Susanna,” the character, and its treatment of the other patients?
How does the author describe McLean’s “keepers”–its nurses, doctors, and therapists? How do you account for the difference between the hard-bitten full-time staff and the wide-eyed student nurses?
In many ways McLean seems like an orderly place whose patients might easily be bored, slightly neurotic college students killing time in the dorm. Madness, real madness, creeps in insidiously, taking both reader and patients by surprise. At what points do we see madness intruding into McLean?
How does the narrator feel when she meets Georgina and Lisa in the outside world, years after her release? What comparison can we make between the way Susanna sees their lives and the way she sees her own?