1. Abbigale, the protagonist’s love interest, has faced deep emotional trauma in her short sixteen years of living. At a young age, Abbigale’s mother abandoned her and left her with her abusive, alcoholic father. The abuse not only comes from her father but her boyfriend in the beginning of the book, Seth. Abbigale was also raped, which led to a pregnancy and a miscarriage due to Seth pushing her down the stairs.
The narrator re-surfaces an incident between the woman and her sister in the back of the family vehicle concerning force. The woman admits “I got my first real glimpse of this kind of thing when I was still a girl trying to force myself on my sister” (pg. 265). The woman previously stated that she forces herself on the ones she is not supposed to love, and she is forcing herself on her own sister. She is using her sister to fill the void of emptiness that she felt when she was younger, because she had no idea how to love someone.
Barraza was sumitted to constant sexual abuse every time her mother ran out of money to buy beer. As a consequence, Juana became pregnate to a boy at the age of 13. These events spycological scar her for life. She blame her mother for evething and felt a great hatred towars Justa. In a final point, Juana had a different childhoold that a normal child, which consecuently mentally affect her life.
The author, Russ Rymer, brilliantly tells us the melancholy story of a little girl named Genie who endured much pain and misery throughout her early life. Genie is not her real name, but her scientific alias. Genie suffered through a horrific childhood being beaten and isolated from the world. She had a mother and a father. Her father, Clark, was very abusive to Genie and caused her a lot of pain.
With “A Sorrowful Woman,” Gail Godwin crafts a tragic tale of what appears to be an overburdened mother and a loving husband desperately trying to hold their family together as they cope with the wife’s deteriorating mental and emotional state. The text strongly supports the idea that a mental illness drives her irrational behavior. However, mental illness is not the only factor behind her actions--it is not even the primary cause. She has suppressed her own sexuality and denied her attraction to woman, creating an environment that allows her mental illness and addiction to grow until they consume her. “A Sorrowful Woman” examines the detrimental effects of the mother’s repressed sexuality on her small family, as well as how addiction and isolation hasten her descent into madness.
Childhood; it's one’s foundation and when that foundation crumbles it tends to leave a lasting effect. When a child has nothing but shattered pieces to base their life on its hard to pick up those pieces when no one is around to help. In Kathy Ackers short stories “Great Expectations” and “My Mother: Demonology” both of the main characters have their childhoods shattered by their mothers, who are normally the ones who are there to pick up the pieces, not smash them into smaller pieces. Acker uses the postmodern element paranoia to parallel how mother-daughter relationships are ever changing and create emotional damage to childhood, which in turn sticks with a child all their life. Postmodern elements of paranoia are present in “Great Expectations”
Some people feel unwanted, as if they don’t belong. Often they have just not found the right place to reside. Sue Monk Kidd, author of, “The Secret Life of Bees” which discusses a girl named Lily who grew up with her abusive father and the guilt of accidentally murdering her own mother. She never felt at home, especially because she hand many questions about her mother, Deborah. She ran away with her nanny, Rosaleen, in hopes of finding a place to call home.
Cyntoia was born to an alcoholic mother with records of multiple psychiatric disorders; quoting from Brown’s mother, “Bipolar, personality disorder, suicidal, manic depressive, which is an unguarded condition. At times I’ve had homicidal thoughts for people that have hurt me. I’ve been raped, and I always wanted to do things to them for hurting me.” Furthermore, to add even more to the trauma, Cyntoia, her mother and grandmother were all raped over the course of three generations. Cyntoia’s mother also was unable to take care of the girl, as she has a history of intergenerational abuse; She had also testified to heavy drinking, about a fifth of whiskey per day, while pregnant with the girl; mother’s alcoholism had resulted in Cyntoia being born with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which has slowed her brain development and had lowered her IQ. Brown’s mother began using crack cocaine when the girl was eight months; furthermore, by the time she was 2 years old, Cyntoia was given up for adoption.
She experienced polyvictimization in the forms of physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and most prominently, sexual abuse, before she was even two years old. She was deprived of nutrition, cleanliness, and the love of her parents. Beth also partook in sibling abuse in the forms of physical abuse, beating Jonathan when possible and trying to stab him, and sexual abuse, molesting him and pinching/pulling/kicking his private areas. Because of this maltreatment at such a pivotal part of her development, Beth developed attachment issues that prevented her from being able to create bonds with people, therefore allowing her to behave cruelly and feel no remorse. This most closely follows the Social Control theory, which explains that an individual who has experienced a lack of social connections will be more likely to participate in criminal
In the story Marigolds a girl named Lizabeth and her family struggled through the Great Depression. Throughout the story Lizabeth faces a major battle against adolescence. Although Lizabeth’s adolescence affected her actions when she led a malicious attack on Miss Lottie’s marigolds. She suddenly felt ashamed, and she didn’t like the feeling of being ashamed. In other words, Lizabeth feels sadden about her actions that she led.