Her mother became a polygamist in China and therefore disgraced herself. She never knew her mother well except from the few times she saw her and the stories her grandma told of her. In this An-mei learns about sacrifice from her mother. This story is like the parable because her mother transforms herself into something totally different. The Red Candle is about a Chinese girl named Lindo whose parents chose a husband for her when she was only two years old.
However, love in the two stories did not result to happiness for the unknown woman in “A Sorrowful Woman” as in “From A Secret Sorrow” Faye ends up in a happy marriage and a great family. In "A Secret Sorrow" Faye feels that the only for her to achieve fulfillment and true happiness is to get married and have children unfortunately, her fate dictates otherwise. This resulted to a critical point in her relationship with her fiancé. Faye was expecting that her man would leave her once he knew of her disability. On the other hand the lady in "A Sorrowful Woman” has a husband and child but finds she sick and tired of what she had.
“The picture of that girl, the fact that she had lived neighbor to that girl for twenty years, and had let her die for lack of life, was suddenly more than [Mrs. Hale] could bear” (194). She feels responsible and blames herself for what has happened to Minnie. She believes that the reason that she stayed away - “because it weren’t cheerful” (192) was the very reason she should have gone to see Minnie. She reacts to her refusal to visit Minnie as a crime in itself. “Oh, I wish I’d come over here once in a while!” she cried.
Balbir and his brother are very close and Balbir's family lived with his brother for two months when first coming to Canada. Although they were close siblings Balbir's brother could no longer provided them with housing. This lead to Balbir and his family moving out and finding an apartment in horrible conditions. With both him and his wife working at minimum wage money and time was both tight. When Ikram's school social worker told them join an immigrant serving agency, this worked with the family because they would be able to learn new skills which can help them improve their lives in Canada.
Relationship appear to be the main cause of sorrow in both stories. Two stories works where communication and the use of accommodition come into play occur in ‘’ A Secrt Sorrow’’ by Karen Van Der Zee and ‘’ A Sorrowful Woman ‘ by Gail Godwin. The antagonists, Kai and sorrowfull huasband, try to mend there partnes despair because of the women in there, lives. Faye and the sorrowful woman struggle with personnel issues. The antagonist Kai, and sorrowful
Compare and Contrast: Calixta and Mrs. Mallard Both women from “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour” have very intriguing personalities. In the case of Calixta, she is alone in her house, awaiting the return of her husband Bobinot and her son Bibi from their trip to Friedheimer’s store. A fierce storm keeps the two from coming sooner and at the same time; Calixta rekindled a relationship with her past lover Alcee until the storm had passed over. Mrs. Mallard, on the other hand, is told by her sister and her husband’s friend Richard, of her husband’s untimely demise in a railroad disaster. She mourned of her husband’s passing but as she went up the flight of stairs into her room, Mrs. Mallard came to realize of her newfound freedom.
After the woman had married and moved away she communicated with Robert through tapes. The wife thought it would be a perfect time to visit with an old friend since his wife, Beulah, had passed away. After discussing Robert coming to their home, the husband thought to himself, “what a pitiful life this woman must have led. Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one. A woman who could go on day after day and never receives the smallest compliment from her beloved (The Cathedral).” This shows that the husband had misunderstood what’s really
Lam uses irony through-out the story to expose the reasons that many Vietnamese children living in America will struggle with identity. Lam begins the story with a hint of irony when his Mother asked his aunt “Who will light incense to the dead when we’re gone,” and the aunt replies, “None of my children will do it, and we can forget the grandchildren. I guess when we’re gone, the ritual ends” (Lam, 2011, p. 1077). Although Lam’s Mother has brought her children to America for a better life she is disappointed that they have not kept their Vietnamese identity as she has. “Such is the price of living in America” is the only answer that the narrator has for this.
After the death of Cinderella’s mother, her father remarried in order to provide a complete family for Cinderella. Initially, Cinderella’s step-mother was caring and loving. Upon the death of her husband, Cinderella’s step-mother morphed into a cold, merciless woman who refused to treat Cinderella as a member of the family. The step-mother and step-sisters treated Cinderella as lower class and an outcast. The step-mother was primarily concerned with ensuring that her own “daughters have a better life than she” (Schectman 602).
Sarah’s mother, Anna, withdraws from the family after the loss of her daughter and moves to California to work in a winery. We also hear that she has had an affair with a mystery man. Although Ann did not want any children, Mr. Stevenson and she lived a happy life together. Sarah’s sister, Sonia, who is about two years younger than Sarah, fears that the kids at school will always define her by Sarah’s death, but she is still determined to find her sister’s killer. Seth, the youngest member of the family is struggling to understand the meaning of death.