Carole King : The Success Of Women In Society's Love, By Carol King

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Carole King’s early experiences as a product of an unhealthy relationship and in her own relationship with Gerry were difficult, and as she began a songwriting career, she started to find it challenging to balance conforming with society’s ideals for women and having to work hard to be considered a strong talent in the business. Women had not been a large part of the songwriting scene before Carole’s time, so in addition to struggling within her marriage, she had to blaze her own trail as a working mother. For example, “Carole went back to writing songs with Gerry almost immediately after giving birth” (Weller 48). Her ability to flourish in an environment that was not welcoming or accommodating to women, much less mothers, proved that women could be successful outside of their traditional societal roles, a feat that helped King to be revered as a feminist role model. Throughout this time, Carole was hardworking, but as a collaborator she was often overpowered by Gerry, her opinions yielding to her husband. King’s musical partnership with him was at first driven by her persistence. She was the one that introduced him to rock music (Weller 45), and even before meeting Goffin, she had introduced to herself to Jerry Wexler as young talent (Weller 41). Even though Carole’s passion seemed to carry the team and her musical ideas, like the string arrangement in “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (the duos first #1 hit), contributed significantly to the duo’s success, Goffin was often erratic and controlling, limiting King (Goffin & King). Her infatuation with and dedication to Gerry, which were expected responsibilities of good wives of the time, put a damper on her perspective in the studio. In order to advance her career, Carole needed asser... ... middle of paper ... ...others that were unreasonable. Still, like they had following their previous failed romantic endeavors, Carole and Carly used the heartbreak as inspiration and motivation. For Carole, who consistently achieved in her work, love was a different story as “she had failed with Gerry, she was going to make this relationship with Charlie ideal…but it wasn’t ideal” (Weller 207). Men were Carole’s “emotional Achilles’ heel” (Weller 196), and her desire to love and be loved was so often dominated by negatively impacting her emotional state and her career. Carole struggled with this for many years, but “while she [did not always have] control over her relationships with men, work was something over which she had mastery” (Weller 306). After a hard break up, Carole would always pour herself back into music, able to share continued frustration with expectations men had of her.

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