Parallel Universes Of The Sane And Insane
The continual internal struggle of Kaysen that propelled this novel to become one of the memorable films in 1993. People had to verify that their internal struggles are normal, that the stages of thought and deliberation are simply necessary. They had to know when and in what circumstances will it be considered as crossing the borders into the parallel universe of the insane. The genuine rationale for the success of the book and the film according to a review, published in the World Socialist Web Site is because:
Kaysen believes that people are curious about the circumstances of her hospital stay primarily to discover whether they might find themselves in the same situation. It’s easy, she says to find oneself in a parallel universe of mental illness…Most people suffering from mental illness do not enter the parallel universe immediately, Kaysen says. Instead, they catch brief glimpses of this other world where everything is different, including time, the laws of physics, and even the way everyday things appear to the eye. Eventually, the temptation to cross over is irresistible, and the alternate reality replaces the familiar. Once in the parallel universe, one is perfectly aware of the world left behind.
All throughout the novel, Kaysen makes mention of the parallel universe especially when she is deep in thought. Although again not as obvious but subtle hints as she analyzes her reactions to things around her trying to determine and rationalize to which universe they belong- the sane or insane.
The best example of all and one which will give meaning to the title occurs in the last few pages of the novel.