They often do not know how to treat these illnesses when they do show up in women. In Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, Susanna is told that she is mentally ill. They treat her for borderline personality disorder when she does not feel that she has any mental illness at all. When she arrives at the institution she feels as though she does not fit in as she does not see herself as crazy. In Kaysen’s memoir, she is being hyper-treated by the doctors and nurses
Then she has a realization. “Suddenly Kira knew that although her door was unlocked she was not really free. Her life was limited to these things and this work … Suddenly she wished that she could leave this place … She buried her face in her bedclothes and for the first time cried in despair.”(Lowry 171-172) Kira realizes that she is not really free because she can't leave whenever she wants and that if she were to leave she would most likely be sent to the field of leaving. She also realizes that this work is not an option and she can't work on the robe as she pleases. If she does decide to stop working on the robe she will be sent to the field of leaving and die.
Another factor is that her old husband was healing Dimmsdale, her ‘illegitimate’ lover. Hester and her daughter Pearl lived with mistrust, the townspeople were disgusted by her, and would never trust her even after her sentence was lifted. Relationships can stand on the grounds of mistrust and isolation, but they may never thrive on it due to the fact of trust and companionship being the key factors in a relationship. This was shown throughout both The Scarlett Letter and Ethan Frome in a variety of ways, including the lack of true companionship in both novels and also the complete lack of trust held by some characters in both
Tita goes through a rough time with being the youngest child in her family, which means that she cannot marry. Tita is not allowed to marry because she has to stay and take care of her mother when all the other siblings leave. The story progresses with Tita taking care of Pedro’s and her older sister Rosaura’s child only to be taken away to an insane asylum for her change in attitude when her love is forced to leave. Like Water for Chocolate is a novel that is densely populated with women, and each woman represents a distinct version of femininity. The story goes through tough situations such as Tita having no say in her love, Tita creating a meal so amazing that it sends love signals everywhere, raising Rosaura's child, Tita being sent to the asylum,
Albeit, there were times throughout Kat’s illness when she felt even her family thought she was crazy and the pain was in her head. She felt judged because she was not able to do normal things like clean house or go on family outings without doubling over in pain. Kat felt the medical establishment never fully met her needs. The doctors never ordered an ultrasound or an exploratory procedure until her fibroids filled her uterus and her stomach was physically bulging out. During her illness Kat felt inadequate as a mother and a wife because she could not carry out the household and motherly duties that she felt needed to be accomplished, as stated by Lorber and Moore (2002), the social construction of illness is shaped by our cultural and moral values, in many societies women are expected to care for the children and their spouses (pp.
It also makes her another person who is not at all herself, and forces her to keep her true feelings in her diary. All of the men in Nieve’s life have left her, and it takes a toll on her. This is shown here where Guerra writes, “I learned about jealousy, and about jealousy’s many disguises, about dependency, and tearing apart”(pg.245). The men that have left her, have taught her to not trust them, and that they will always end up leaving. This makes her a hard person to get to know, when she is insecure about how she has been treated in the past.
Dee hated... “Being named after the people who oppress me” (318). Dee even changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo being who she wanted to be. She could be very ignorant when it came to things about herself and what she wanted. She does not comprehend that her sister does not have much and truly will require the coverlets. Wangero is unmindful all around; she comes off to her family as though she is superior to anything.
While reviewing a tape of her time in the hospital, Susannah details her feelings on the scene: “The raw panic makes me uncomfortable, but the thing that truly unsettles me is the realization that emotions I once felt so profoundly, so viscerally, have no completely vanished”(Cahalan 175). It is with this scrutiny of the woman in the tapes that one can begin to comprehend and internalize her situation. Oftentimes, it seems that the material presented in a memoir is too detailed, too structured to be anything but a literary work; intimacy with one’s own story will always be the memoirist’s achilles heel. However, in the case of this singular novel, no detail is too planned, no character too perfect: everything is believably, achingly, and exquisitely
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules. After living in a world with no freedom with only memories of her life before, Offred begins to get frustrated. Once Offred begins to see that even high ranking people in this society break the rules, she begins to as well. Although, Offred knows breaking the rules is wrong and can have consequences she can not continue to live this way. It began with small rules such as women in the red center communicating and sharing names.