Part I: Critical Analysis
Author: Susanna Kaysen. Girl, Interrupted: New York Division of Random
House. Inc 1993.
1. What is the author’s topic?
The author’s topic is about a teenager name Susanna Kaysen. At 18 she voluntarily turned herself into McLean Hospital.
2. Identify the author’s main idea(s). In other words, what is the main point the author is attempting to make about the book?
The author’s has 2 main points; one point is about her two-year stay McLean hospital. The second main point talks about how she handles and gets treated for being depressive and suicidal.
3. Identify the author’s overall pattern(s) of organization. Give examples and/or details to explain your answer.
The pattern the author uses is time order; she starts off the book with her case record, which was submitted in 1967. The last example given is her recovery record; she left and had a recovery of her depression and being suicidal in 1969.
4. What biases, if any, can you detect from the author’s writing? Give examples and details to support your answer.
The author isn’t biased about anything, she wasn’t for anything and she wasn’t against anything. Susanna Kaysen was simply trying to find her place in the world through the world of medicine.
5. Is this book mostly concerned with factual information, or does the author use conjecture and opinion to make his/her point? What detail and examples support your answer?
Girl, Interrupted is all factual information. Susanna Kaysen the author has put her reports from the doctors that were helping her in the book. On August 9,1967 the author Susanna Kaysen
6. Identify the author’s purpose(s) for writing this book. In your opinion, does the author accomplish his/ her purpose? Support your answer with concrete evidence.
The author’s purpose to the story is to make people notice how people are being treated in a mental institution. Susanna Kaysen writes about the girls in the ward as if nothing is wrong with them. She writes about being in a pschychiatric ward as if it is ok.
7. What is the author’s tone? Explain your answer with details and/or examples.
There isn’t really a tone in the book. The author writes as if she was more informational. I think the book is actually a little bit suspenseful because when I read it I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.
Part II: Summary
The book Girl, Interrupted is about a teenage girl Susanna Kaysen. At the age of 18 she voluntarily sent herself to the McLean hospital. In the beginning of the book the Susanna was talking to...