Tender is the Night
How we cite our quotes:
"You know, you’re a little complicated after all."
"Oh no," she assured him hastily. "No, I’m not really – I’m just a – I’m just a whole lot of different simple people." (3.13.23)
This brings up an interesting question. How much does Tommy know about Nicole’s mental illness? He sure knows something. He seems to assume that Nicole is cured though. He doesn’t seem to find anything amiss in her admission of being more than one person. Believe it or not, there are some contemporary philosophers like Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari who take Freud to task for criminalizing schizophrenia or having multiple personalities. They claim that it’s not a disorder, but the natural state of the human mind. The book strongly suggests that Nicole is "cured" by Tommy’s acceptance of her and of his refusal to see her as sick. Does the book make an argument like that of our philosophers? It’s something to think about anyway.