The Demise of a Family in Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman Gail Godwin's "A Sorrowful Woman<" leads one to believe that the wife is overwhelmed or possibly just having a bad day. The belief is that with her husband's understanding she and her family will get through this difficult time. Everyone has a bad day and people get aggravated at times. However, a shocking revelation comes to the reader that this isn't just a bad day. A deeper look into the story reveals that the wife's selfishness and pity for her life is fueling her sorrow and along with their lack of communication causes the demise of this family.
A struggling career, disillusionment in men, societal pressures, and deep depression all strike Esther Greenwood at once and leaves herself lost in the world. In The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, the main character Esther Greenwood realizes her failing writing career, and that innocence has affected her more than she thought. Thus, Esther struggles to find her place in the world and goes mad, making several suicide attempts (Plath). During this string of bad luck and coming to terms, she goes through depression and detachment from her emotions (Plath). Therefore, the author argues that disillusionment leads to madness.
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
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.
Esther Greenwood is the main character in the Bell Jar. Esther suffered from mental illness and struggled against depressive environment and continuously aggravated madness that led to her suicide and death (JRSM. June, 2003). I ague that Esther’s mental illness was aggravated by her internal pressure and depressive environment in which she lived. The first internal pressure that factored in triggering Esther’s madness is the death of her father and the hate for her mother.
D.H. Lawrence’s writing’s in “Horse Dealer’s Daughter” shows the raw emotions of a young innocent woman who has just lost her father and mourns for her mother. Mabel is a very reserved and quiet girl who is not treated very well. After Mabel’s father dies he leaves behind an immense amount of debt. Mabel is being forced by her brothers to move away and start a new life. Not knowing where to go or what to do she begins to become depressed and misses the comfort of her deceased mother.
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.
The short story “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is an example of a mother daughter struggle. From what I took from the story, the young mom herself had an extremely rough life. She had her daughter Emily at a young age and it did not end up picture perfect like she might have thought it would. Her mother had to work to support them, so she always sent Emily off to be cared by others. Sometimes she was sent far away and for a long period of time.
Blanche has never come to terms with the guilt that she feels over his death as well as the rejection she had felt by his choice of a male partner. She had been a genteel southern woman who tried to marry well and planed to live her life in comfort. The reality for Blanche comes when she is forced to have to work and finds her beauty diminishing. She becomes desperate as she has lost her position as a school teacher due to her having sexual relations with a student. Blanche has crossed boundaries that have led her to feel more guilt and desperation.
In the novel, The Glass Castle, a girl, Jeannette Walls, grows up with very unfit parents and watched them continuously fail her and her siblings. Her dad was a drunk that changed jobs after quitting each one and caused his family all around the country because of the trouble he would get into. Her mom, was always jobless and believed she was meant to be an artist. When she finally got a job as a teacher, she wasn’t responsible enough to get up in the morning or dress herself for work, so her kids had to do it for her. She would cry and say that she hated her life because she hated her job.