Compare And Contrast A Secret Sorrow And A Sorrowful Woman

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Every fairytale has the same, happy, predictable ending, right? Most love a happy ending to a story that they have read. A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee, and “A Sorrowful Woman” by Gail Godwin, are two amazing pieces showing a woman and her lover. One might not expect the way that both of the stories go. Both the man’s love towards the woman, endings, and theme are very similar, but they have differences. I like the “Sorrowful Woman” more because it is more realistic and it does not have the same fairytale ending that you would expect, and would not allow you to foreshadow the ending. In both stories, the man loves the woman with all of their heart. They both have their eyes on a woman of their dreams, whether he already has her or not. In A Secret Sorrow, the guy said, “‘I love you,’ he said huskily. ‘I love you’” (Van der Zee 32). Kai loved this woman with all of …show more content…

One ending was the expected fairytale type of ending while the other was a sad and depressing one. In the first selection the ending stated, “And in the warm afterglow of lovemaking, their bodies close together, she knew that to him she was everything, to him she was the only woman, beautiful, complete, whole” (Van der Zee 38). This is a very happy ending because the guy, after so many attempts, captured the girl of his dreams. This is just like the fairytale that almost every person would want to read. However, the second selection was not as expected when it went, “‘Look mommy is sleeping,’ said the boy…. The father put down his face into her fresh-washed hair. ‘Can we eat the turkey for supper?’ the boy asked” (Godwin 42). This is a depressing ending because the wife died and her husband loved her so much, while the boy had no clue what was going on. The boy was the happiest he has ever been and does not realize that it would be the saddest day of his life. The young boy loved his mother, but did not receive the love that he

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  • Compares a secret sorrow by karen van der zee and gail godwin's "sorrowful woman". both have similar endings, but they have differences.
  • Analyzes how the man loves the woman with all of their heart, whether he already has her or not. in a secret sorrow, the guy said huskily.
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