Girl, Interrupted

by

Susanna Kaysen

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Lisa Cody Character Analysis

A new arrival on the ward who finds herself instantly drawn into competition with the “real” Lisa. Lisa Cody eventually is diagnosed as a sociopath as well, and this enrages Lisa. The two of them engage in an escalating battle of wits, exchanging insults and pranks until Lisa effectively drives Lisa Cody off the ward. Lisa Cody escapes, and Lisa later finds her living on the streets of Cambridge, addicted to drugs.
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Lisa Cody Character Timeline in Girl, Interrupted

The timeline below shows where the character Lisa Cody appears in Girl, Interrupted. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: Another Lisa
Isolation and Seclusion Theme Icon
Women and Medicine Theme Icon
Sanity vs. Insanity Theme Icon
Manipulation, Restriction, and Control Theme Icon
One day, another Lisa arrives. The girls call this new Lisa by her full name, Lisa Cody , to distinguish her from the “real Lisa,” who, “like a queen,” continues going only... (full context)
Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
Women and Medicine Theme Icon
Sanity vs. Insanity Theme Icon
Manipulation, Restriction, and Control Theme Icon
After Lisa Cody gets her diagnosis, the two Lisas begin acting out more and more. Everyone realizes that... (full context)
Isolation and Seclusion Theme Icon
Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
Women and Medicine Theme Icon
Sanity vs. Insanity Theme Icon
Manipulation, Restriction, and Control Theme Icon
Lisa wants to find a way to get rid of Lisa Cody once and for all. One evening, when the nurses turn on all the lights in... (full context)
Chapter 17: Checkmate
Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
Women and Medicine Theme Icon
Sanity vs. Insanity Theme Icon
Manipulation, Restriction, and Control Theme Icon
Susanna, Lisa Cody , Georgina, and Lisa sit on the floor in front of the nursing station smoking... (full context)