In the novel, The Bell Jar, the main character, Esther goes through some deep depression that leads to attempts of suicide, and eventually lands her in several different private hospitals. In Esther’s life, there are many factors, internal and external, that lead to the collapse of her life. The majority of these factors come from her surroundings. A main part of Esther’s life is her writing and her future as an English major in college. Once she begins to lose her ability to read and write, it takes a big toll on her character, creating one of the main reasons she becomes depressed.
“I hate you. I wish I were dead…” are the words of Amy Tan, which are included in her essay “The Most Hateful Words”. The hatred is directed to her mother, with whom, she had a turbulent relationship. The sixteen year old Tan talks about never being able to forgive her mother for all the injustices she had to endure. Tan and her mother didn’t have the greatest relationship, however at the age of 47, Tan saw herself forgiving her ill mother.
As a result, when Celie's mother passed away, she felt that she killed her mother, when in fact her mother was terminally ill. After two pregnancies, Celie was unable to produce anymore children because her father injured her reproductive system. The children Celie had, her stepfather took them away from her, while in her heart she yearned to find them even years later. Celie's stepfather degraded her and always wanted to keep her self-esteem low by constantly telling her "she is a bad influence on my other girls...she ugly don't even look like she kin to Nettie...she aint smart either"(9). After Celie got married, the way men treated her did not change too much. Celie got beaten in the same manor Mr. _____ beat the children, but only because she was his wife.
Beatrice murdering her husband didn’t come out of nowhere like her children thought— it was due to built-up tension, pressure, and abuse until she finally snapped. She couldn’t withstand being a bystander— to her the only way to preserve her status and her children’s lives was to murder her husband. Beatrice clearly displays symptoms of battered woman syndrome, however, some of these symptoms are congruent with post-traumatic stress disorder, such as emotional detachment to life at the end of the novel. Kambili uses words such as “vacuously” (302), to describe her mother. According to her daughter, her mother doesn’t, “ reply to her[Sisi], Mama simply sat and stared” (298).
Although this lies heavily affected Christopher in a sense it also deeply affected his mother. For months his mother, who loved her son with all of her heart, weekly wrote to her son weekly trying to form some kind of connection with him was blocked each and every time by her ex-husband who selfishly hid her letters. Due to the fact that her letters were intercepted she never received any form of response and as far as we can infer may have believed that her son hated her for leaving them. The type of pain she must have been going through as a mother who felt as though their offspring despised them and yet continued to attempt to communicate him must be excruciating for her. The fact that she never ceased in her attempts exemplifies her love and determination when it comes to her son.
‘They were always asking her things, before I came here.’ … ‘Did the Fuhrer take her away?’ … ‘I knew it.’ The words were thrown at the steps and Liesel could feel the slush of anger stirring hotly in her stomach. ‘I hate the Fuhrer’ she said. ‘I hate him.’” (115) Liesel’s mom leaves her with foster parents because she wishes to protect her from the fate she is enduring. The words Paula, Liesel’s mom, uses go against Hitler because she is a communist which resulted in her being taken away and Liesel to lose her mother and experience the loss of her. This shows Liesel experiences unhappiness because of her mother’s disappearance which is caused by the words she openly uses that contradicts Hitler.
The emotionally tearing and psychologically damaging relationship with her mother escalated to the point where her mother even told her she wished she had aborted Shirley. Roberta Rubenstein makes a great point in her work: House Mothers and Haunted Daughters: Shirley Jackson and Female Gothic, of the mental stress her mother put on her as a child that carried on throughout her life. Rubenstein says, “Throughout her life, Shirley was distressed by her mother’s profound insensitivity to her actual personality, combined with persistent attempts to control her unconven... ... middle of paper ... ...Nov. 2013. . Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery.
From the girl who dreamed of getting married to despising it And think its best not to get married at all . She becomes very angry with the war and marriage that it was starting to scare thoughts around her . Later in the story I found epilogue that Aunt Caroline sent her to a mental incaution for the insane . She died there some say she killed herself by jumping out the window or someone pushed her no one knows . Mrs. Simpson- Emma's mom who was in the book for a short time .
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