One Friday she doesn’t go into work, stays in bed and smokes, says “I couldn’t take all those rules seriously. I started to laugh, thinking of the typists jammed into the bathroom, smoking” 132). *freedom
Social worker at the hospital attempts to persuade Kaysen to become a dental technician. She doesn’t want to and suggests becoming a writer. Being a writer was not taken seriously—social worker even comments that it’s a hobby.
The only way she was let out was because of a marriage proposal.
Becomes a writer despite being told that it’s a hobby
Themes: sexism, independence, freedom from restrictions (hospital/workplace)
Kaysen recalls a friend of hers—he was found at the bottom of an elevator shaft, body decomposed—the world is faced with danger, uncertainty, death
Kaysen tells Lisa and Georgina that she has a marriage proposal. She comments “I guess my life will just stop when I get married.” It didn’t—she needed to be alone and wanted to go alone to into future.
Character development: wants independents even though she agreed to marriage proposal
Themes: time, freedom, tension between love vs. safety, independence
Chapter purpose: describes how she got out of the hospital, marriage proposal helped her get out of the hospital—yet it didn’t work out
“Mind vs. Brain”
What is the mind? Memory = cellular changes in a particular spot, mood = compound of neurotransmitters, not enough serotonin = depression
Complex characteristics in the brain = a person’s though process
Stress at work = depression or lack of serotonin? (Are we people are complex machines?)
Where is the problem? Does medication treat the cause or the symptom? How can you make someone better—talk to them on the couch or give them medication to help the symptoms?