A Pair of Silk Stockings Reflective Essay

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“A Pair of Silk Stockings” Reflective Essay by Jeanette Ng “A Pair of Silk Stockings” is a story about a woman, Mrs. Sommers, who was very devoted to her family and for whom her children were of prior concern. She was very smart when spending money, for her life style did not let her be wasteful, but one day, instead of buying things that her family needed, she ended buying things for herself alone. This woman’s story discloses every person inner desire to at least once escape reality and start doing what your heart tells you without being aware of the consequences. One of the main problems raised in this story is the change in people’s character under the negative influence of money. In “A Pair of Silk Stockings” Mrs. Sommers is first represented as a woman who is very attentive in spending her money. When she “found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars” , she started carefully making plans trying to figure out what the best way to spend it would be: “For a day or two she walked about apparently in a dreamy state, but really absorbed in speculation and calculation” . Nevertheless, when she started shopping she didn’t manage to control her inner desire to spend those fifteen dollars on her own needs. She forgot about her children and at that moment she was driven by the desire to possess silky stockings, the desire which she afterwards fulfilled. Having been caught in the net of dissipation she couldn’t resist the temptation of pleasing herself further as long as she had “money in her purse”. Under the influence of money Mrs. Sommers, like most people, became self-centered and egoistic. Another point is the loss of a sense of proportion against the background of a deep feeling of dissatisfaction with her life. Being forced to think only about her children and nothing else, with “the needs of the present” which “absorbed her every faculty” , Mrs.

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