The woman’s problem in “A Sorrowful Woman” is made more complex than Faye’s problem in “A Secret Sorrow” as a result of deliberate choices made by the authors. In “A Secret Sorrow”, the main character, Faye, is plagued by the fact that she cannot have children due to internal injuries sustained from a devastating accident. She is in love with a man but has kept this secret from him until one day she is forced to reveal it. He very quickly rebounds from this news and tells her he loves her anyway and they live happily ever after on a ranch with a picket fence and 3 adopted children. On the contrary, in “A Sorrowful Woman”, the main character is a mother who has come to despise her family and her duties.
Sometimes she feels disappointed and thinks of dropping out of school. But still she continues her effort. Jessymol earnestly anticipates that her desire to become a nurse will be fulfilled. Preparing for marriage and family life When talked about marriage, she reacted with certain amount of uneasiness. She has never got any direction or guidance about family and married life, and therefore has no clear idea about the same.
When analyzing these portrayals, one can see how their personality disorders prevented them from seeing the true nature of their lives. For example, Sybil always seem to believe that her parents were good role models while she was growing up. As the sessions progressed Marcia one of Sybil’s personalities confesses that Sybil was lying and that her mother raped her. Dr. Wilbur was astonished because all her personalities were fully aware of what occurred with the exception of Sybil herself. When they visited Sybil’s father he confessed that Sybil’s mother was schizophrenic and yet he excused her behavior towards their daughter.
The letter is an implication of an impending fate in relation to Antoinette. unwillingly or not, the letter will have an impact on Rochester’s perspective and viewpoint. Furthermore, the letter is foreshadowed through Rochester mind: "as for the little girl, antoinetta, as soon as she can walk she hide herself if she see anybody. She marry again to the rich Englishman mr mason, and there is much I could say about that but you won’t believe so I shut my mouth. the madness gets worse and she has to be shut away for she try to kill her husband- madness not being all either" (Rhys 63).
Do You Know Where I Am? consists of a dark and bleak tone as David, the narrator, describes the journey of life with his wife, Sharon. Going in depth about their hardships and the unforgiving nature of their marriage, the mood of the story remains heart-wrenching. When David lies as the cat incident occurs, Sharon still agrees to marry David since that relationship is all she knows; however, she realizes in her heart that he is not the man she desired to marry originally. Sharon states, “I am going to marry a liar”, and on her deathbed, she still exclaims, “You’re a liar”.
They are themselves operations of power” (Butler 2009:1). But this issue of framing is, as she affirms, an ontological problem, since it presents the question of “What is a life” (Butler, 2009:1). The unequal distribution of the vulnerability brought by injure or loss, takes us to “ask about the conditions under which it becomes possible to apprehend a life or set of lives as precarious, and those that make it less possible, or indeed impossible […] The epistemological capacity to apprehend a life is partially dependent on that life being produced according to norms that qualify it as a life or, indeed, as a part of life” (Butler, 2009:3). The issue of framing lives and the result of it is a “normative production of ontology”(Butler,
Ego identity is the central element of Erikson’s theory (Erikson, 1968, as cited in Carver & Scheier, 2007). Ego identity is the conscious sense of self, which is derived from the social reality. Beside ego identity, competence and personal adequacy are other important elements of psychosocial theory. A person will either feel a sense of competency or inadequacy, depending on how well each stage of development is managed. There are eight stages of development (Erikson, 1950, as cited in Dunkel & Sefcek, 2007).
However, after a while Erikson (1975) started to see that Freud is only concentrated on beginnings and instincts (as cited in Hoare, 2005, p.20). Because of this situation Erikson and second-stage psychoanalysts started to be in a conflict with Freud. As cited in Hoare (2005, p.20), Erikson (1975) said that he could accept six of the seven principles of Freud, these principles are: unconscious, repression, transference, the meaningfulness of the experiences of infancy, the relevance of instinctual and sexual life, mechanisms of resistance. However, he did not accept originological fallacy. Erikson claimed that Freuds’ theories are structural, fixed and every life event is linked to early childhood experiences.
Though she has all in life, she feels something is missing which makes her restless and distressed. When she tries to share her feelings with her husband, he neglects her and feels alienated and lonely in her life. She finds no room of her own in her own house. Joya Chakaravarty’s observation in “A Study of Difficult Daughters and A Married Woman” is important in this context, she observes: