Quote 2: “Since the day I’d left Yorido, I’d done nothing but worry that every turn of life’s wheel would bring yet another obstacle into my path” (Golden 419). 1. S/W: Chiyo is having a hard time pleasing her new family and is fearful of ending up in places like Satsu is. iii. Quote 3: “But to learn in a single moment that both my mother and my father had died and left me, and that my sister too was lost to me forever… at once my mind felt like a broken vase that would not stand I was lost even within the room around me” (Golden 103) 1.
My mother is dead.” In Cheryl Strayed memoir “Wild”, the death of her mother demolished her mental stability and consumed her each moment of her life. Not knowing how to handle her grief, Cheryl ended up doing things in her life that many people would consider regretful. She ended up losing her marriage, family, friends, became addicted to drugs, and lost her own state of being. Although Cheryl is sullen, her mistakes and setbacks was her destiny to create a better life. Through her time in the Pacific Crest Trail, she endured physical pain; however, the suffering made her stronger.
Fighting against the role of a dominant male hero in a patriarchal society becomes extremely challenging if you are a woman. Through endurance and devotion, I am seen as an exceptionally intelligent woman who takes advantage of any troubling situation, all while maintaining a hold in social norms. By never giving up on my beliefs and hopes, I represent a figure worthy of admiration and heroism.
During her tough journey through life, Cheryl has truly found herself and becomes the person she knows her mother raised. Cheryl’s journey in life started with struggles at a very young age. From the time she was very young, her parents had a very violent relationship that resulted in her father leaving. In many cases this would be acknowledged as a good thing, and I’m not disagreeing, but that hardship of losing your own father is also a tragedy to deal with. Many times, parental issues lead to children pulling away or rebelling, but Cheryl never did.
When thinking about losing a parent the first thing that you would do is clear the thought entirely from your mind. Losing a parent is something that we all do not try to think about until the frightening event actually happens. Death can not be either avoided or reversed. After the agonizing death of her mother, the damaging loss of her intermediate family and husband, Cheryl Strayed seems to have lost everything that she cherished the most including herself. During these traumatic events, Cheryl desperately searches for a cure that can heal her from the pain that she has endured.
Last is Buddy Willard, now Esther’s ex, sends Esther to a conflict between Buddy and herself, and another one between herself and her search for someone considered pure. Everything becomes piled together and it all becomes too much for Esther. All of the external factors lead to Esther’s downfall into a period of deep depression. Esther’s failure in her writing career is the first of many factors that send her into her depression. After Esther’s scholarship was over, she was sent back home to live with her mother.
Although she embraces her new found freedoms, she commits suicide at the denouement of the book due to her frustration with the world around her. Many philosophers have dealt with the question of whether to live a life of servitude or to pursue ones greater happiness. Immanuel Kant stipulates that the more people cultivate their reason, the less likely they are to find happiness. Kate Chopin's character Edna tries her entire life to fit in the prescribed mold of the women of her time. She invests so much time into duty and responsibility that she loses any happiness that she could hope to achieve.
By hiking the PCT, she proved how much strength she really possesses, regardless of the shameful actions she took to get there. Cheryl Strayed was twenty-two when she lost her beloved mother to lung cancer. It was such an unexpected death, she had no time to prepare for her mothers disastrous fate. Since she had no time to prepare, her grieving process lasted much longer than anyone expected. But, she had great reason.
As Morrison says “[Pilate is very large] because she is like something we wish existed. She represents some hope in all of us,” (“An Interview with Toni Morrison” 419). Pilate Dead is many things to many different people. She is a mother, a savior, a role model, a woman of great strength, and a woman filled with mystery. Pilate is arguably the most important character, besides Milkman, in Morrison's novel.