Character Consciousness Anne Enright's Yesterday's Weather”

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The protagonist Hazel in ‘Yesterday’s Weather’ carries the insights of her slightly unhappy marriage and her motherhood. The story illustrates the occurrence of family gathering and how Hazel was affected by this particular trip. In this piece of the story, the readers will pick up on Hazel’s using the third person narration. “Third person limited point of view offers the thoughts and motivations of only one character” (Wilson, M & Clark, R. (n.d.)). That is to say, third person’s usage in the story is only able to give the set of emotion and actions. Therefore, limits the ability for the readers to see the insight of the other characters in the story.
Firstly , in the beginning of the story shows Hazel’s motherhood effect on her daily life: “Hazel didn’t want to eat outside – the amount of suncream you had to put on a baby and the way he kept shaking the little hat off his head... – so not only would she have to do all the work, she would also have to apologise for doing all the work when she should be having a good time, sitting outside and watching blue-bottles put their shitty feet on the teat of the baby’s bottle while everyone else got drunk in the sun” (Enright, 2008, p.138). Not to mention, Hazel was exhausted from taking care of her baby instead of enjoying herself like the others did. Despite of that, she couldn’t because in Irish motherhood; a mother who is laid back and neglects the children is not considered as a divine role.
“In place of the real mother, Enright had observed that Irish Writing traditionally either appointed ‘the iconised mother figure’, or posited an absence” (Mulhall, 2011, p. 69). Secondly, Enright uses the Irish motherhood as a very significant role in the story and the readers could relate to their lives. Going through motherhood after a marriage is not something to contemn on. Unless for individuals who has gone through motherhood; working round the clock and sleep deprivation. In addition to that, sometimes some marriages having trouble after a new born baby; if the husband seeks for some affection, but as a mother, her focus is her baby; changing diapers, sanitizing milk bottles, doing house chores and putting aside her own needs.
“She remembered a man in the hotel foyer, very tall, he handled his baby like a newborn lamb; setting it down on its stomach to swim its way across the carpet” (Enright, 2008, p.138). Additionally, this sentence explains a brief situation in Hazel’s feeling in her marriage life. Also, Hazel had a slight thought on remembering the man who looked like he would be a great husband; understand how to show his love towards his baby. In other words, Hazel expects her husband to love the baby as much as it looked like from the guy at the hotel foyer.
“She tried to remember the comfort of John’s belly...” (Enright, 2008, p. 138). This provides other evidence of missing her happy marriage life instead of enjoying motherhood. It was written so because it shows that it has been a long time...

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