The Lines Between Sanity And Insanity

1064 Words Jun 4th, 2015 5 Pages
The lines between sanity and insanity are commonly tested in young adult literature. Shown to be entirely based on individual perception, sanity or insanity attempt to form a reflection of the characters’ personalities. In society, as shown in the novels, people are often too quick to write off nonconformist as crazy or insane. Girl, Interrupted and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest both illustrate how society’s stern view cause them to treat mental illness unethically and take away from individualism. Minds may be altered through prescribed medication until they are faded husks of what they once were, As seen in both Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted and Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, those who do not conform to society are shunned and their personalities, the very things that make them individuals, are broken. The patients in both of these novels either become more paranoid or drugged into a nearly unconscious state. Personalities and individualism is lost at the hands of unethical and ineffective medications and procedures to fix the diagnoses of itchy-handed doctors. Minds may be altered through prescribed medication until they are faded husks of what they once were. Those who don’t fall into social norms are out casted and quickly written off as crazy or insane. They are placed into institutions in an attempt to fix them or in other words remove them from society until they are acceptable. At the start of the novels the reader has a fairly set opinion…
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