Girl Interupted Essay

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Dawn Bentley Book extra credit In the book, “Girl interrupted” the author tells us a story and presents us with standards and messages about our society and what needs to be changed. The characters in the book struggle with self-discovery and many other psychological problems. Majority of the story takes place in a psychiatric hospital. In the book “Girl, Interrupted”, Susanna is the key character. Her fight with self-discovery and her battle to find a place in society demonstrates the view that the women who do not fit into traditional roles should be ostracized from conventional society given that they pose the danger of change. It is clear that women like Susanna, who have little ambition in becoming a carbon copy of their mother, are seen as a threat and therefore classified as crazy. Susanna is clearly misinterpreted by her peers as well as the authority figures in her life. She is not a degenerate but a young girl frustrated with her limited options for the future. When Susanna is held after class by her teacher to discuss why she is the only senior not going on to college, she tries to reach out for support from her teacher, by explaining that she's not a druggie but she is concerned about ending up like her mother. The teacher does not hear this and claims that there are more options for women today. Susanna is trying to open up and seek some guidance, but the only solution she gets is that she is to start acting like everyone else. This part reveals how secluded and trapped Susanna feels. Nobody seems to understand her; even her parents don't know what to do with her. The people she is reaching out to, brush off her ambitions of being an artist, as something to do in her spare time, and place social pressure on her to do what is expected. Even her peers expect more from her; at the after-school party the boy that is trying to pick

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