A Secret Sorrow Analysis

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Opposing Views Opposing views of happiness are described in the story A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Dee Zee and A Sorrowful Woman by Gail Godwin. The stories revolve around two women who struggle with their own personal issues. In A Secret Sorrow, Faye could not fulfill her dream of happiness of getting married and having children of her own. In contrary, “A Sorrowful Woman,” the secluded unnamed woman already had the fulfillment the Faye longed for, but was at the point of not wanting that life anymore. Faye worried how the relationship with her boyfriend Kai would be affected be her inability to conceive children from her internal injuries of a car wreck. The nameless woman in “A Sorrowful Woman” is unhappy with her marriage and…show more content…
And still, the husband loved her, but unfortunately she could no longer fulfill her role of being a mother or a wife any longer because of her depression. Sadly, the husband understood the pain of his wife was going through, and knew he had to obey her demands of isolation for the safety of the child. No one will ever really know how the little boy must of felt; having little communication with his mother, this must have been tough on him. Even though he was not capable of writing notes, he still managed to communicate with his mother by drawing pictures. Unfortunately, he never got back any response because his mother only looked at the drawings. One day the husband and son arrived home and were content to see that the woman had made lunch for them, had done the dishes and laundry, but continued isolating herself from them. This seemed to be the new way of life for them. In conclusion, the nameless woman in “A Sorrowful Woman” had the love of her husband and son, but still was unable to let her love fulfill her life. In A Secret Sorrow, Faye and Kai were able to fulfill their life with love, understanding and adoption. “A Sorrowful Woman” reveals that not everything in life can bring happiness for every situation. (http://www.bookrags.com/essay-2005/10/17/143230/36). The same so call fairy tale situation for one life may hold that exact opposing views for
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