Not all black women have been so lucky, Sarah from Funnyhouse of a Negro ends up committing suicide at the end of the play because she is so torn between her white mother and her black father, her English heritage and her African heritage. This comes as a shock to the reader, because they have been so intimately taken in by this half white, half black girl into her world and its jagged divide. The reader trusts Sarah and feels for her, and then is totally taken aback by her selfishness and her dishonesty. This play also is a powerful speaker for women and men who find themselves a mix of two
In the stories “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin both women suffer through expectations brought on by society and the ideas of marriage. Emily loses her sanity trying to obtain love and live up to the expectations of society. Emily kills the man she loved so that he would never leave, and so that she could maintain her reputation. She was put on a pedestal, and that pedestal would end up being her destruction. Louise is a woman afflicted by heart problems, which could relate her unhappiness.
Because of such factor, Sethe was given away when she was little and barely had recognition with her mother. Due to this past trauma in her childhood, it had an immediate effect on her as an adult which goes to show how she herself is struggling providing the care and love towards her children. Slavery had taken everything away from her; even the milk to feed her own children was stolen from the schoolteacher’s nephew who played foul towards Sethe. These events made her feel worthless of being a mother as she was unable to nurture her children. As Sethe realizes the experience of slavery and being held with no option, she does not at all circumstances want her children to endure through the same situation.
Over the period of a day, Laura Brown gradually succumbs to her overwhelming desire to liberate herself from her mundane life. Her life has taken a very different direction from what she ever thought it would, and she finds herself completing commonplace household chores she does not want to do; she feels that she has no control over her own existence. Her whole life seems like a failure to her, and neither her husband nor her child can fill the void of true meaning present in it. At first, Laura views the possibility of suicide to abscond from her troubles as a farfetched idea reserved only for those who lack the sanity to stay alive; all the while, she deceives herself into believing that she is sane. As her day unfolds, she loses herself in her desperation to free herself from the fetters of family life and society's lack of understanding of her tenuous condition.
Edna Pontellier’s suicide in The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a topic of the book that has been debated for a century. Some readers believe that Edna’s suicide was an act of suicide, or an act of strength. This book tells the story of a woman who is has conflicting feelings involving the role of women in her society. Edna, the main character, has several young men who she loves in addition to her husband. Edna feels trapped by her role as a woman in society.
After reading D. H. Lawrence’s story “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” in English class, you said you were quite shocked when Mabel attempted to commit suicide. Reading through the story for the first time it may not be completely clear that Mabel feels there is nothing to do with her life but to die. However, looking through the story again I think there is a lot of evidence to support that idea. By analyzing the dark descriptions of the settings and Mabel’s lack of any relationship with her family, ample evidence and clues are provided that point towards Mabel’s suicidal path. First, look at the description of the dark setting and atmosphere that gives off the feeling of death and depression.
She does not fear being alone, she is afraid of being without herself. It is also revealed that her society is often against her self-discovering favoring a more traditional female role. In its final scene, The Awakening offers readers a more complex method to obtain freedom, death. Edna’s suicide reveals her final awakening, breaking free from all the pressures that bind her. Edna’s awakenings in Grand Isle and in New Orleans set her up for failure by forcing her to understand her lack of options.
In Cunnigham’s The Hours, Virginia Woolf, through Cunnigham’s interpretation, is a character that is fascinated by mortality. In each event she experiences in the novel, she evaluates how she feels about living, and constantly considers suicide as a way to escape her oppressive life. One of these moments occurs when she is attending a “funeral” for a dead bird with her sister’s children. Although the reader knows that Virginia will eventually commit suicide, the “funeral” scene is an important character revelation because it reveals that at this point in the novel, Virginia was not ready to take her own life; and unfortunately, the film misses this important aspect of her character by condensing this scene. As the scene begins, Vanessa and her three children come to visit Virginia.
This ultimately causes her suicide, and her death is thereby laid upon the shoulders of her very own parents. Though the Nurse and both of Juliet's parents deeply loved and cared for Juliet, their own personal opinions, ideals, and personal flaws brought upon the finality of Juliet's own actions. Her feelings of despair are brought upon by loneliness: Juliet is deserted by her father, her mother, and her Nurse, "until she is left only with the power to die, or to consign herself to the horrible vault" (Stauffer). The cause of the deaths however, is not laid solely upon the shoulders of others, it caused by love itself. Love conquers all, and it is necessary to keep in mind that although others contributed to the actions which led to Juliet's death, it was her love for Romeo that brought her to her final decision.
Some may believe that women were portrayed to be strong in the novel through the act of sacrifice and through their potential to bring great change. Justine was a character that held a strong reputation in the story. She was portrayed as strong because she was not afraid to die when the townspeople accused her of murder for William’s death. “I do not fear to die” (Shelley 76) are fearless words that come out of Justine that are so strong because it gives Justine respect for what she did from her current family members, and it makes Victor guilty because he did not confess the true cause of William’s death. Although the death of a woman depicted her to be strong, the non-existence of a woman also made her appear strong in the novel.