The Third Voice Analysis

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Pregnancy is a tumultuous juncture in any woman’s life, let alone a college student unfortunate enough to endure an unanticipated pregnancy as the result of a casual encounter. That was the case for the Third Voice in “Three Women.” She engaged in sexual intercourse without forethought of consequences as many college students do, thus making the confirmation of pregnancy a nauseating revelation. The Third Voice’s pregnancy began with absolute animosity and in an unanticipated turn of events, culminated with her falling into depression due to relinquishing her baby to adoption parents. Initially, the Third Voice was struck with grief and anxiety, just as any college student experiencing inadvertent pregnancy would. The third voice believed…show more content…
She formed a belief that doctors “…hug their flatness like a kind of health” (3). It was evident that the Third Voice felt isolated by the appearance and behavior of the doctors; she was aware they could not sympathize with her situation. The Third Voice pondered a hypothetical scenario in which her situation was that of the doctors, claiming “They would go mad with it” (3). Thus, by assuming that her circumstances would drive doctors insane, she confessed the magnitude of mental dysfunction the pregnancy had caused. Unintentional pregnancy had driven the Third Voice into insanity and she was well aware. She even contemplated and regretted her decision not to have the baby aborted before the process was too far along. It became apparent the Third Voice’s life had been devastated due to pregnancy and she repelled any emotional relationship with the unborn…show more content…
Once the baby was born, she was able to truly appreciate the beauty of life and all her efforts. However, the Third Voice’s sudden bliss tragically became mourning as she relinquished the baby for adoption. Unbeknownst to the Third Voice, she developed a natural maternal affection for her child, but in order to resume her life prior to pregnancy, there were no alternatives to adoption. The Third Voice described leaving the hospital as, “…so vulnerable suddenly/ I am a wound walking out of hospital” (7). She was not empty because the pregnancy had finalized and she was thinner, the Third Voice was empty in an emotional sense. After enduring a tumultuous pregnancy for nine months with a baby the Third Voice inevitably grew to love, she was suddenly alone. Pregnancy caused the Third Voice to long for an attachment with someone, a desire that could only be fulfilled by her
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