These feelings drastically impact her works and demonstrate her struggle with mental illness. In addition to feelings of worthlessness resulting from her depression, Plath experienced numerous tragic events which appear heavily in her works. In response to these dreadful experiences, Plath begins to feel worthless and doubt herself as a writer and person. Plath’s childhood traumas and childhood relationships deeply impact her work as well as her life. In an essay, her Ex Husband states that her attempted suicide “had grown from the decisive event in her childhood, which was the death of her father when she was eight.”(Hughes, “On Sylvia Plath”) her poetry “grew out of terrible and shattering and inally unbearable expierences”(Souces 4) Hughes attributes Plath’s depression to her childhood relationships, specifically the death of her father.
It seems as if Eveline’s life was planned for when her mother passed away. There is no happy ending for Eveline and her siblings. This theme of dysfunctional families was clear and very occurring throughout each short story. Counterparts also represented an abusive father who too was the reason for their families being dysfunctional. Both of these stories began with hopelessness and the endings both succeeded in proving that the two short stories in fact included the theme dysfunctional families.
The lives of Sonny and Mabel are completely different, they were raised in completely different ways and in completely different places. “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin is about the life of a young man who is struggling with drug addiction; he has faced many challenges in his life. One of the many challenges he faces is what connects him to the main character of “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter”; both Mabel and Sonny experienced losing both their mother and their father while they were still fairly young. “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence is based on a young woman struggling to deal with the loss of her mother and father, she desires the love and affection of a man. Mabel’s mental state differs from Sonny’s who is very angry with the life he was given.
Her and her siblings are exposed to unideal living conditions and have to learn to take care of themselves, especially due to the fact that their father, Rex walls seems to suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness. Considering Rex Walls symptoms throughout the memoir are linked to having bipolar disorder, he was unpredictable. Jeannette and her sibling’s ability to be resilient despite their father’s bipolar disorder growing up are perfect examples of Max Lerner’s quote “the turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt” and has let them get far in life even with everything they had to
Plath titles her poem “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” which can be interpreted as her referring to herself as mentally unstable. Typically, love songs are usually about romantic love, and the experiences that love and heartbreak bring. Rather than this love song being about a sexual relationship, Plath writes about her deceased father. The death of Plath’s father when she was only 8 years old made a significant impact on her. The structural form of the villanelle and its overall rhyme scheme also contributes to Plath’s presentation of her feelings as a love
Sethe was angry because her mother did not take Sethe with her, but she let Sethe live when she died. Sethe was also vexed because her mother ran away from the plantation. Sethe felt abandoned and she was disappointed that her mother left her even though Nan tried to comfort her by saying that her mother loved her very much. Nan even told Sethe that her mother threw her other children from a ship in a sea because those children were her master’s and she did not consider them exclusively hers. Sethe was the only daughter kept alive.
Throughout the story ‘The Prince of Tides’ by Pat Conroy, it shows the amount of traumatic experiences Savannah and her family experienced. Savannah had managed to take it the hardest and has had a hard time getting away from it, no matter how hard she tries. When she tries to commit suicide for the second time in her life, her twin brother, Tom, has taken time out of his own life to relive his life with Savannah 's psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein, in order to try to save Savannah. This being said with the amount of traumatic experiences she has been through, Savannah has many qualities, such as being smart, a survivor and sensitive relating to her character. One of the major qualities that affect Savannah is that she is highly sensitive.
A theme in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje is that you can’t escape your past. This is demonstrated by each main characters’ behavior and thoughts throughout the novel. Hana, the nurse, can’t escape her pain and grief she is suffering from because of the loss of her father, Kip is haunted by his nationality and his experiences in the war and the English patient or Almasy is haunted by his decision to get involved with a married woman. All of the main characters have regrets and can’t forget about their lives in the past and only time will heal and let them move on. Firstly, Hana is dealing with the grief of losing her father in the war while she was overseas being a nurse for other wounded soldiers.
Lily’s suffering increase after finding out that her mother had willingly left her behind with T-Ray and begins to question why? It even makes her thoughts sink deeper into depression,“it was easy for her to leave me, because she never wanted me in the first place” (252). Nevertheless, Lily was able to prevail her mental incarceration and come to terms with her mother’s death. With accepting who her mother was and what had happened, Lily was able to move forward with her life at the Boatwright’s house. Throughout The Secret Life Of Bees, Lily struggles to find how to live life freely, like many people do.
The Secret life of Bees, By: Sue Monk Kidd. This book is a tale of one girl and her troubled past, as she discovers the truth and the lies of her childhood, and the true meaning of family. Lily Owens has longed for a mother her whole life. living with her abusive father and her overpowered caretaker, Rosaleen. Her father T. Ray an arrogant peach farmer is a bitter and ruthless man who will stop at nothing to make sure that he is feared and respected.
The memoir, “The Glass Castle”, written by Jeannette Walls, is a novel filled with hardships and obstacles faced by the author and her dysfunctional family. Living with her depressed mother who weeps and sobs about her struggles in her teaching job, her alcoholic gambling father who, on a daily basis, would not arrive home, and her two sisters, Lori and Maureen and brother, Brian. Though their constant moving and chasing from the debt collectors, one person who has affected Walls life would have to be her father, Rex Walls. Although his constant gambling and consistent job loss, he has become a significant figure in Walls life. He has shown her the problems of alcoholism, the struggles, and corruptions of the world, and especially allowed
Breaking Night In the beginning of the book, Liz explains how her family life is and also how her father first met her. It happened to be behind the glass in prison. Her parents got themselves in a very bad situation. Her mother was on a bad habit of cocaine; her father was selling and using many other drugs at the same time. The mother started when she was young, “smoking grass and sniffing glue”, but as the years went on and she passed through different friends and groups, it lead to worse habits and it didn’t stop.
Rosemary Almond was a housewife that was abused by her husband, Derek Almond. Throughout the book we saw that she really loved her husband, but because of the stress that her husband was going through with the terrorist on the loose and the pressure from the leader he was mean and abusive towards her. She played one of the damsels in distress in the book because she was in situations where she needed to be rescued. First by her husband who abused her and almost shot her, but decided not to because the gun was not loaded. We can see that he hurt her badly in panel 6, page 65 where there was a red spot on her clothes because he slapped her and hit her for asking for them to be intimate.