Life is filled with challenges and conflict. However only a few can overcome and escape the confinements of their problems, others remain left behind to struggle. Sue Monk Kidd displays this with the imprisonment that Lily deals with throughout the book. While Lily does finds liberation at the end, she first had to break free from the imprisonments of her secrets, T-Ray, and the torment from killing her mother. Throughout the book, one of the major conflicts that Lily has to face is her secrets.
Another element in this novel is Melinda’s inner conflict, man vs. self. What Melinda has been through greatly affected her everyday life. She struggles with depression, dislikes her appearance, and feels ashamed of herself for something that isn 't her fault: “I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else...even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me” (Anderson 51). Andy Evans, the senior who raped her, made her feel worthless. This situation is much like the one in the novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
(Kidd p.279)” She is overcome by the truth of her mothers death knowing that she was the hand that ended her mothers life even as a baby. Lily finds herself in deep valleys of self pity and grief, but she also is on mountain tops of joy that this family brings to her. Speaking from personal experience losing people that are close to you hurts, but over time everything gets easier to cope with and to live with that emptiness but it is never gone. I think as the book goes on Lily learns to live with the fact the her mother and May gone and never coming back. This book puts you back in time so you can learn how people were treated, and how people lived.
These problems are not caused by a simple fight, but they are caused from years of abuse. Esther endured emotional abuse from her mother, and so did I. Esther has talked about never receiving the support or the love that she needed from her mother. Her mother puts her down for her dreams and ideas for the future.
She is constantly embarrassed to even be seen with her grandmother.One piece of evidence that points to this is,”Right up to the time when we’re supposed to pick up the old lady at the airport, my mother is telling me stories about how hard times were for la familia on la isla, and how la abuela worked night and day to support them after their father died of a heart attack” (Cofer 2). This shows that from the very beginning constancia has no respect for her grandmother and is ashamed of her. She calls her “the old lady” instead of her grandmother. She also does not have much sympathy for her grandmother considering her difficulty at home. Likewise, she continues to treat her grandmother with disrespect.
Polly was a very lonely girl. Her sister and her Aunt died, yet her friends didn 't call to ask if she was fine or come visit her. She got mad and decided to meticulously impair Jessie, because she blamed Jessie for Alice’s death, her mind made her forget by making her think Clark was iniquitous and evil. “Michael grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her. “Clark’s gone.
From, “the misery of her childhood, the disappointment of her first love, the departure of her nephew, and the death of Virginie,” (Flaubert 802), through the death of Loulou, one can clearly see that Felicite’s life is one of constant descent. The story opens up explaining the tragedy of her childhood. For example, her father was a mason who died after falling off some scaffolding. Soon after that her mother passed away and her sisters all went their separate ways and eventually lost contact. So, it seems that even as a child, Felicite, knew graver pain than most today even think of.
Mallard who has been told that her husband has been killed in an accident. She was very upset. Just like every woman 's husband dies and they crys, like that Mrs. Mallard was feeling for her husband and she was missing him very badly. In her room she can truly express what she is feeling but she can not express her feelings in front of her family. In other word we can tell that she knows her place in society.
After losing her daughter she is drowned by her guilt of killing her baby. In an attempt to make it up to her baby she fights the tempting voices and submits herself to a rehabilitation center. In moments of weakness, Elena focuses on the remembrance of her baby girl to ignore the voices and finally recovers. Elena may have lost many things due to her illness, but the loss of her baby made her lose something good, her fear of