Once they were finally together, Esther soon found out he was a major hypocrite. With each main part of her life falling apart around her it is not wonder why Esther became depressed. Each external force came with its own devastating impact on Esther and in the end led her to become depressed.
Never stable even as a girl, she was shattered by her husband's suicide and the circumstances surrounding it. Later the harrowing deaths at Belle Reve with which she evidently had to cope on her own, also took their toll. By this time she had begun her descent into promiscuity and alcoholism, and in order to blot out the ugliness of her life she created her fantasy world of adoring respectful admirers, of romantic songs and gay parties. She is never entirely successful at this, as the memories of her husband's suicide remain persistently alive in her mind. She retreats into her make-believe world, making her committal to an institution inevitable.
After Esther’s breakdown she tries to commit suicide numerous times. Esther tries to commit suicide at least three times before receiving proper help. First, Esther tries to take her life by drowning herself. Esther believes that if she swims a great distance in the ocean, she will not have enough energy to swim back to shore, drowning herself. This attempt failed.
In the novel Fifth Business, Leola falls into a deep depression as all the things that are keeping her together, in her not overly successful life seem to suddenly disappear. She finds out that her husband, which is very demanding of her and who she tries to impress constantly, was in fact cheating on her. On page 183, her husband’s deeds are revealed: “He was explicit about his sexual needs... there where two or three women in Montreal whom he visited.”. Leola could not take this news and because she saw no other way decided to resort to suicide as is described on page 188. “Leola had cut her wrists and laid herself down to die in high Roman fashion, in a warm bath... she had made a gory but not fatal job of it.”.
Gatsby is crushed by her actions, but fails to realize the true extent of them. He continues to pester her with hopes of rekindling a relationship that ended years ago, but she refuses, and immediately moves away with Tom. This action drives Gatsby mad, and his utter devotion for Daisy is the last thought on his mind when Wilson kills him. Sara Teasdale, a poet in the 1900s, is scared of this kind of commitment; she knows that love for another will only bring about her own demise. Faced with depression and an illness that leaves her bed-ridden for much of her life, she is heavily dependent on others to survive.
Her husband believes that Laura dies at sea because she could not swim. Secretly, though, Laura had been taking swimming lessons at the YWCA in order to facilitate her plan. After packing a small bag with some personal items and money, Laura Burns abandons her abusive husband and leaves her miserable life behind. Thus begins Laura Burns' new life as Sara Waters. She changes her name, location, situation, and is reborn.
Lear lost the affection and love he craved and was driven to instability after being fooled by Reagan and Goneril. While madness affects an individual, fam... ... middle of paper ... ...s in the play never portrayed him as an intellectual character. However, in the end his shallow thought process prevented him from irremediable madness. Unfortunately, Darl remains unstable and is ultimately placed in a mental hospital due to his inability to regress to normalcy. Overall, the powerful effects of tragedy are proven to drive a character mad.
She is a deceptive and selfish person, who cannot accept the occurrence of agony in her life. She mentally deteriorates due to the lost and rejection of love, and due to her selfishness. She chooses to hide from the truth. When an individual hides from reality, it will only result in them hurting themselves. At the beginning of the play, Blanche is already in a nervous breakdown as she was drinking wine that she found in Stella’s house.
The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is ultimately gone crazy because of John’ ignorance and overconfidence. John’s bumptious treatment and care are keeping his wife from recovery. Both of the women suffer in their marriages as they are deprived of freedom and independence. The husbands are living the women’s lives. The culture and tradition cause the women stuck in unhappy marriages.
Edna Pontellier’s marriage is a failure in her own eyes. Although when thinking of other husbands she at one time admits that, “she knew of none better” than her own, she is in no way happy with her married life. When describing the feelings Edna had regarding her marriage Chopin describes the marriage as, “An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish. It was like a shadow, like a mist passing across her soul’s summer day”. Throughout the course of this novel Edna is coming to the realization that she is extremely unhappy with her married life, and she wishes to be free from the oppression that she feels with the relationship with her husband.