This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Demise Of A Family In Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman

875 words - 4 pages

The Demise of a Family in Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman

Gail Godwin's "A Sorrowful Woman&lt" 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.

In reading this story we find a woman tired of being a mother, a wife and of her life in general. "The sight of them made her so sad and sick she did not want to ever see them again" (35). Do you not see what she is thinking? They are sucking the life out of me. Why did I choose to get married? I could have been anything, instead I am the mother of this child and the wife of this man and am here to take care of their needs. Who will take care of my needs? She feels that she is some how letting herself ease away and needs to regain her identity. She soon isolates herself even more by moving into another room maybe thinking she will be able to find the part of herself she has lost. "She was a young queen, a virgin in a tower, she was the previous inhabitant, the girl with all the energies. She tried these personalities on like costumes" (38).

Her husband's constant saying he understands such things only seems to enable her to isolate herself more and ignore her responsibilities as a mother. If the tending to the child is such a pleasure why hasn't he done it enough to know how to put him to bed or what book to read? It almost sounds patronizing on his part as it won't stress him out to take care of things. It sounds patronizing of her telling him how to put their child to bed. His understanding of such things does not detour him from "dozing after her good super"(35) while she puts the dishes away. His understanding of such things doesn't seem to enlighten him that maybe his wife is in need of more help than just his being "big enough to contain what ever she must do" (38). Him allowing her to stop seeing their son is...

Find Another Essay On The Demise of a Family in Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman

A Separate Peace The Fall Of Demise

667 words - 3 pages In the book A Separate Peace, author John Knowles shows a gradual change from adolescence to adulthood and the transaction from innocence to the devastating reality of WWII and how inner conflict in a minute part of town can be greater than WWII. The protagonists, Gene and Finny, are young souls studying in an all boys prep in a school called Devon in New Hampshire. Although Finny attended both winter and summer session, he changed drastically

The Demise of the Southern Aristocratic Family

1211 words - 5 pages for being the lonely and mentally incapable son, when in reality he senses the demise of the Compson family long before anyone else does. Caddy constantly comforts Bengy, telling him “You’ve got your Caddy. Haven’t you got your Caddy?” As a result Bengy becomes codependent towards Caddy, because Caddy. The comfort of the love and affection stays even when Bengy grows to be an adult. Bengy lives in a world where the concept of day to night, is no

The Woman Who Fathered Me: A Caribbean Woman's Role in the Family

4367 words - 17 pages The Woman Who Fathered Me: A Caribbean Woman's Role in the Family Female children born into low income families in Jamaica and other islands of the Caribbean are burdened with a stereotype that their male counterparts will never know. When faced with the gender oppression their society has constantly been feeding, and the fact that so many women must act as the single financial heads of their families, many women of the Caribbean must settle

The downfall of a woman

1280 words - 6 pages ordeal. The only time the Grandma ever pays attention to the rest of the family is when she occasionally called out “Bailey Boy!” (202), yet the text describes her true motivations: “…the grandmother called in a tragic voice but she found she was looking at The Misfit squatting…in front of her” (202). The entire ordeal consisted of the Grandma solely focusing on herself, which ultimately led to her demise. The perceived lack of human respect the

The Strength Of A Woman

1088 words - 4 pages how to live, but in the end Nora becomes strong and understands that she is capable of doing everything for herself. Once Nora realizes that Torvald has controlled her during their marriage, she breaks free and leaves her family. The only way Nora could abandon her family is by being strong. It took a lot of courage for her to go against society's beliefs and leave her children. It was also courageous to leave her family and have no idea of where

Art as a Relfection of Life: A Discussion of Peter Godwin's "Mukiwa"

1226 words - 5 pages create a story that readers are generally more likely to enjoy. Godwin's blatant honesty is distinct throughout the novel and helps him generate a beautiful, honest piece of literary art.As Godwin grows older, his actions and thoughts change very slightly. He begins to understand what is more or less socially acceptable, yet he is still quite deliberate in his thoughts. While attending boarding school at St. George's, the students participate in a

The Devil in the Shape of a woman

732 words - 3 pages The Devil in the Shape of a Woman “The Devil in the Shape of a Woman” was an excellent book that focuses on the unjusts that have been done to women in the name of witchcraft in Salem, and many other areas as well. It goes over statistical data surrounding gender, property inherence, and the perceptions of women in colonial New England. Unlike the other studies of colonial witchcraft, this book examines it as a whole, other then the usual

A Day In The Life of An Alexandrian Woman

803 words - 4 pages the twight light just before the sun came up but the Pharos lighthouse was still lite by fire and the constellations gazed their last in a sky full of crimson and blue. The only thing that she had ever seen larger was the Pyramid of Giza. Her maid-servant Cassandra arranged Gaia's great mass of hair in an elaborate arrangement adorned with a profusion of complicated ringlets and braids she was enjoying the cool ocean breeze she never

The Effects of a Family Breakup in "A Thousand Acres"

1340 words - 5 pages Jane Smiley uses the characters' changing personalities and attitudes in A Thousand Acres to demonstrate the major effect the break up of a family can have on people. Many of the characters change through the novel with some becoming more insular and others becoming more outspoken. One of the main people to change in the novel is Ginny. However she still has one major factor that remains throughout the novel - she worries about people. In

The Demise of a Renaissance Man: A Reading of Dr. Faustus

1227 words - 5 pages is through defect in character that he becomes entangled in his difficulties, but it is through a defect in faith that he ultimately succumbs” (110). While McCloskey does speak well on the topic of despair, his line of thinking is erroneous in characterizing that demise of the title character. The Prologue makes clear that the life of Faustus is governed more strongly by external forces as opposed to internal ones; the internal being his

A Pleasant Demise

1294 words - 6 pages accept even his own death, since he believes everyone’s death falls under fate’s hand. Just as Hamlet proceeds into the duel and his ultimate demise, he states, “There is a special providence in the fall of a / sparrow. If it be now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is’t to leave betimes, let be” (5.2.193-196). Although Hamlet

Similar Essays

Karen Van Der Zee's A Secret Sorrow And Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman

2375 words - 10 pages experience unconditional love. Although they would need to make every possible step to heal their relationship, if and when their relationship breaks down, there is still much they can learn. With this stated this idea holds opposing views among the two females in A Secret Sorrow and "A Sorrowful Woman." In both selections of Karen van der Zee's romance novel, "A Secret Sorrow," and of Gail Godwin's fairy-tale like story, "A Sorrowful Woman

Primary Conflicts Compared In Faulkner's "Barn Burning" And Godwin's "A Sorrowful Woman". Written For Rit Writing And Lit 1 Required Course

2908 words - 12 pages used to describe his father, but he realizes that walking will cure his condition. As he moves on into the dawn, not looking back, he will be able to shake the remainder of his family from him, resolve his conflict, and move on with his life.Similarly, in Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman, the protagonist has trapped herself in a conflict between society's expectations of her as wife and mother, and her own personal vision of herself. The author

A Sorrowful Woman Essay

813 words - 3 pages If you were to open and read a child's fairy tale story most of the time it would begin something like this: Once upon a Time there lived a happy family. At the beginning of ?A Sorrowful Woman? by Gail Godwin the reader is given the illusion of a happy story because it begins ?Once upon a Time?. In this story the ideal of a traditional fairy tale is twisted. The story introduces us to a nameless family consists of a father, a mother, and a son

“Bartleby The Scrivener” And "A Sorrowful Woman": Character Analysis

1788 words - 7 pages Godwin’s work, “A Sorrowful Woman” we are presented with a nameless woman with a similar physiological state as Bartleby whom expresses her feelings of dissatisfaction of her life. Here, a deeper examination of these characters their situations and their ultimate fate will be pursued and delved into for a deeper understanding of the choice death for these characters. In the beginning of each story, characters are both shown as “ideal” characters