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Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen




Georgina, Kaysen’s roommate, is a fragile depressive who serves as a constant companion to Kaysen. Georgina aspires to an almost domestic kind of normality at the hospital. She develops a serious relationship with Wade, an unstable and violent patient, and often serves as the voice of calm and reassurance. The depth of her unhappiness is revealed, however, when Kaysen pours scalding hot caramel on Georgina’s hand; she has no reaction at all. Georgina is similar to many of the other girls, who show no obvious signs of illness. The ward can seem deceptively calm at times, as though it were a dormitory instead of a psychiatric unit with barred windows and locked doors. When truly alarming mental illness appears, it comes as a shock to the girls. Georgina sums up their fears when, while visiting the wretched and shockingly changed Alice Calais, she urges her ward-mates never to forget what they have seen, and never to let it happen to them.

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Which tones does Kaysen employ for most of the narration of Girl, Interrupted?
Nostalgic and melancholic
Ironic and humorous
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The answer to question 17 is incorrect

by texasfocus, April 19, 2014

17. Whom do the girls visit on the maximum-security ward?

SparkNotes says the correct answer is Lisa Cody, when it was actually Alice Calais (vivid because of the feces all over her and the room).


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Number 5 is incorrect

by danakimberley, July 25, 2015

5. What does Jim Watson offer to do for Kaysen?
Sparknotes says the correct answer is
(C) Help her escape to New York
but the real correct answer is
(A) Take her to England.
In the chapter The Secret of Life, page 27, Jim Watson offers to take Susanna to England and she refuses.

Why is question 22, answer A?

by SeeingAuras, January 25, 2016

22. In Kaysen’s opinion, what is a sign that a mental patient may be incurable?
Can someone tell me where to find the answer to question 22 and explain why it is A no desire to be cured instead of what I originally thought which was C no doubts about one's craziness?


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