In D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul is searching for an identity and love. Paul’s mother was incapable of love; “when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard.” Paul’s mother desires materialistic possessions and excludes priceless items such as love. Paul’s mother and father were incapable of maintaining the social position they had to uphold with the amount of money they made. The house was always high strung and believed that there was always a need for more money. The house became haunted by the unspoken phrase, “There must be more money!” Paul was outraged when he confronted his mother about the family’s lack of wealth, and she rejected his statement that he is lucky.
She does not get to enjoy the freedom which she truly desires. Desperation took over her life which led to her own death. Lastly, in the story of “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa realizes there is no future in her marriage, which makes her understand her life has become a miserable one. The frustration of this woman caused by her husband soon allows her to recognize no one will ever see her as a valuable and smart person. The absence of attention which men have towards their respective women in the stories mentioned above provoke them to not reach the happiness they wish.
She also speaks of how the children must have really hated it and that is why is has been peeled off in places (Gilman 957). The wallpaper continues to bother Jane throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper”, but Jane also begins to dislike her husband. Jane is often very inconsistent about when she likes her husband, and when she hates him. She seems to constantly battle with the idea that her spouse is actually helping her when he tries to prevent her from doing things such as writing (Hume 6). Jane also seems to be fearful of her husband and even states so “The fact is I am getting a little afraid of John,” (Gilman 963).
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All these aspects make her feel inferior to Dee. She doesn't feel comfortable when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand. On the other hand Dee is ashamed of her family and heritage. One of the main things that Dee does to distance herself from her family, and tarnish part of her family’s tradition is the changing of her name Dee Johnson, to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, because she feels that it comes from “the people that oppressed me” (Walker 88). This shows that Dee is ashamed of her family heritage and she is trying to block out the past and the family in which she was raised.
She is a disappointment to her husband, and a failure in the eyes of her father. Edna feels that since everything else up to this point in her life is bad, she has to start anew. Her awakening is her depressive fears taking manifestation. Edna has finally realized that it is now or never for her to change her life. However, following her awakening is not the way to help her
As time went by, she married a man who did not fulfill the expectations of sophistication and monetary abundance that she had visualized; hence, shattering the lifestyle she imagined for herself and her children. Amanda’s demanding and idealistic views, along with the stories of past suitors were too much for her husband to bear so he ultimately abandoned her and their children for another woman he had had a long distance affair. Poverty stricken, Amanda and her family relied heavily on the meek income that her son Tom bought in from his job at a shoe warehouse and what little money she would occasionally make selling magazine subscription, whereas Laura was unable to contribute to... ... middle of paper ... ...da loved her children and had the best intentions for their future, her idealistic views of the past interfered with the realities of the world that they lived in. The worries and expectations she placed upon them were so damaging that it held her son’s confidence in himself back and diminish any dreams of a normal life for the daughter. Amanda’s illusion affected the family and herself the most because she did not want to appreciate the bright, beautiful, and kind children she had around her because she was too blinded by paranoia and the belief that nothing and nobody was ever good enough.
"She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them." (407) Lawrence asserts that because Hester is dissatisfied with her life, and refuses to compromise on the lifestyle she expects, she becomes preoccupied with searching for material comfort. However, the "failure made deep lines come into her face" (407), and gradually turns the center of her heart into "a hard little place that could not feel love, not for anybody." (407) Hester describes her husband as an "unlucky husband" (408).
Through their dreams, Amanda, Tom, Laura, and Jim attempt to transcend reality in order to escape the monotony of life. Having lost her husband and being left alone to raise her two children Tom and Laura, Amanda finds herself in a very undesirable situation. This situation is only made worse through Amanda's disappointment in her children, whom she considers lost. She believes her son to be unrealistic, as he is constantly dreaming about becoming a respected poet rather than committing to a steady job. As a result, Amanda is very confused and uncertain about her and her children's future.
And it is a conflict in their relationship, once Ewan said that Dorothy only married him for his mother, but he said it only half joking. He clearly resents his mother for his childhood; he doesn’t even believe she loves him. While Dorothy never can understand Ewan and thinks that everything Lily does is brilliant, both in art and in lifestyle. Once she got children of her own, Dorothy got even more envious of Lily’s way of living. She hated the domesticated life, standing by the usual gender roles of that the mother stays home and takes care of her children while the man is out working.