Feminism Evaluation of Touching Bottom

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In Touching Bottom by Kari Strutt, the main female character learns to obtain and handle power over her life. In the beginning introductory stories, she tells about the hard work she had to go through to learn to swim and get really good at it. A leech incident when she was young caused her to have a fear of murky waters that never fully went away. She preferred to swim only in clear, clean water. When the main character learns to overcome this fear, she is able to exercise power over her life. The main character has no real control over her life until she realizes that her husband did not care about her or his son. Once she can overcome her fear of swimming in murky water, she is also able to take control of her life and do what is actually best for her, instead of what she is convinced to do by other people. Throughout the story, the main character is treated like a possession to her husband and is not able to take control until she saves her step son and has the courage to divorce her husband. She still losses many things in her life, including her step son, whom she had a strong relationship with. She shows power over her own life by realizing that she does not need the male figure in her life to always be looking after her, like her father did when she was young, and then later, her husband persuading her to marry him and move to California. When she has a male, like her step son, relying on her for their life, she is able to show her power over herself and them. This allows her to overcome her fears of being in murky waters, which she realizes are "so soft and warm". This could also show how she no longer needs guidance through her unclear life and she can swim through it by
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