Enna Silme wrote:
So the ending is this huge, symbolic tragedy of mad girls, and her personal experiences become but a part of one big Asylum. I'm not sure if I can put this right, but I don't think we should search between the lines for what exactly happened to EA - because autobiographical or not, this book is a novel, and novels don't usually stick to the concrete reality. They aren't supposed to. Reading this novel was a deep philosophical adventure for me, and that's because it was so much more than just one story of one girl! It was the story of an entire type of tortured, mistreated humans, as old as mankind itself. So the ending is about all of them, not only about our EA.
I quite agree with you. I believe the point of the book is to be taken as one big allegory. So maybe all of the things in the book never really physically happened... but then again who is to say that they didn't happen at all? Looking at the book philosophically and with an open mind really helps you see in-between the lines. It doesn't matter if any of it "really" happened because it is all true, yes?
On another note, perhaps this is an unpopular opinion but I felt a sense of relief when the girls jumped. I never felt so much emotion than I did when the Captain said they were going on an entirely different journey... it was comforting...
Also at the very end when Emilie peels back the wallpaper, I think this is supposed to be a representation of the moment that she realizes she is the Asylum, she cannot get out, but she must embrace it. Also I think that finding the wallpaper is when she knows that Emil-y was real because here is
~The oysters are waiting for me~