How do i respectfully deal with the trauma of being in an asylum in my writing?
I have a character who is an escapee from an asylum that was put there because of a mutation she had that gave her two arms, two sets of ears, and two tails (said character is basically a cat furry) (asylums were also used to house and abuse the physically disabled), and i need to know how to deal with the trauma of being in there respectfully
- j153eLv 74 weeks ago
There are fairly strict rules in and about asylums, even for furry mutant cats. Unless you're doing a point of view as an interior monologue, there will be other characters in the asylum scene; some could be other cats; some would be nurses or equivalents, and some would be doctors. You could use a first-person account by Nellie Bly http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/bly/madhous... to give voice to your MC's suffering and dignity, and perhaps imagine kindly or aggressive nurses and doctors.
For an example of a sinister doctor, "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control" by Stephen Kinzer would be helpful.in