Lisa Rowe

Lisa Rowe

    Girl, Interrupted
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up… unhappily. Since Lisa doesn't like to talk about her it, most of her past is shrouded in mystery. However, wherever she grew up, one thing is sure: she didn't have a good relationship with her parents.

Living… the queen of Claymore Hospital, a mental institution that's been her home for the past eight years. Being hospitalized for almost a decade has made her into somewhat of the Alpha patient at Claymore, and it is not smart to make her angry.

Profession… causing trouble. Diagnosed as a sociopath, Lisa establishes her place at the top of Claymore's food chain by acting as its resident bully. She can be incredibly cruel, and since most of the people at Claymore aren't exactly psychologically stable to begin with, Lisa is a pro at getting under their skin.

Interests… skipping meds, making trouble, and manipulating her fellow patients. Lisa will do anything to get what she wants, and she's been known to seduce guards to stop them from telling on her.

Relationship Status… single, but forming a bond with her new roommate, Susanna. Although the two have a rocky start, Lisa quickly warms up to Susanna, who idolizes her rebellious, cool roommate. It's clear that the two of them love each other, but it's less clear whether they're doing each other more good than bad.

Challenge… avoiding therapy and getting Susanna to do it, too. It's not a hard task – Susanna shares Lisa's disdain for Claymore, and she's quick to do whatever Lisa is doing. But in all her years at Claymore, Lisa doesn't seem to have considered if, perhaps, complying with therapy might actually be better than fighting it.

Personality… cruel, fickle, and manipulative. While her charisma makes Lisa a role model to many patients, she can turn on her friend in a second. At one point she screams at Susanna, "You think you're free? I'm free! You don't know what freedom is! I'm free. I can breathe. And you... will choke on your average f-n' mediocre life!"


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