Her friend doesn’t appear to be proud of boastful in the story and doesn’t seem to care that Madame Loisel is poorer than her. Madame Loisel is just embarrassed of the life she lives that she doesn’t want anyone around her to see who she is and how she lives. Within the story, the reader gets the sense that she is so envious of the life that others have she doesn’t realize what she has and that she is so concerned with wanting materialistic objects that she is making herself miserable and unhappy. Her husband who notices how unhappy she is brings home an invitation to a ball hoping to make her happy. Instead, Madame Loisel becomes even more distraught because she doesn’t think she has anything that is acceptable to wear to such a formal occasion.
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.
Bella’s guilt caused by her mother’s fear of loneliness has left her short of any male relations. She cannot escape the wrath of her mother, and continually surrenders to her mother's will. Also, Bella has felt she cannot start her own relationship because her mother, in an effort to protect her living children, she has trained them not to feel by hardening them with punishments such as locking them in a closet or beating them with her cane” (Bloom, Harold. “List of characters in Lost in Yonkers. p67-68).
With people tormenting her about her cousins who were teen moms, or her father who made a fool of his drunken self in public, the poor girl felt like nothing more than dirt, and she wanted to be thought of as flawless and beautiful. Edith dreamed of being a celebrity, she wished to be a perfect girl, and to live in a perfect world "in which only married women had babies, and in which men and women stayed married forever." The shacks in which Eddie grew up were less than desirable, and supposedly thought of as contemptible, by people of a higher social class. When Edith moved to the boarding house, with set meal times, she was quite ashamed to think of how people living in the shacks didn't have meal times, they simply found any food they could and ate by themselves when they were hungry. The potato-chip plant that Eddie worked at
His poor treatment there is more shocking because he has been drawn as a character who had, “worked hard” and ”owed nothing to any man.” Mrs Edwards, the daughter, is confused at first by the nun’s reaction to seeing her. When the nun asks, “Is your father lighter or darker than you?” she begins to realize that he will not be admitted there. The nun sends them away and delivers the platitude, “God bless you dear”. Mrs Edwards replies “and God pity you sister”. Her father dies at home, and she has endured the agony of watching him die.
It is only later on, however, when everyone finds out that the prophesy is true, her life becomes very miserable and it results in tragedy for herself and others. Though, Gertrude has no prophesies to help her, she too turns a blind eye to the truth that her new husband may have had something to do with her old husbands death. To protect her luxuries status as queen, she marries Claudius as soon as possible. “With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage” her husband remarks “In equal scale weighting delight and dole” (II.ii (12-13). The thing she is ignoring is that instead of being sad, Claudius is marrying her.
If the don’t they adopt like her sister did. Alvarez states that she kind of feels jealous of her sisters and she wishes that she had married and had a child, or adopted one. She loves the fact that she is the godmother of her sister’s babies and that she doesn’t mind sending them presents and checks; however, she would like children of her own. She says to herself “But as being a good mother, well, I just didn’t have the time.”(96) In that quotation, Alvarez realizes that she does not have time to support a child of her own because she is always so busy. She doesn’t feel as if she could be the best mom because of the many things that go on in her life.
The second death in this novella is Curley’s wife, a flirtatious person who likes to get around. She doesn’t like her husband who’s pugnacious. The death of Curley’s wife was caused by breaking her neck. Lennie wasn’t doing it to be mean he did it because she wouldn’t stop screaming and he didn’t want to get in trouble with George. “Please don’t,” he begged.
Katherine routinely goes into her wifely duties with no regard to her personal appearance. She approaches her day without flair as stated, “She was a youngish woman but this she had forgotten” (Boyle 63). The narrator also goes on to say,” “The strange dim halo of her yellow hair was still uncombed and sideways on her head” (Boyle 63). Which is a clear indication the she has lost any desire to polish or fine tune her looks. That she has come believe she has no reason to maintain a fancy appearance It is clear that she is not used to the attention for she lacks the affection and appreciation from her professor husband, whose conversations stem not from his attraction to his wife but his attraction to the stars and the questions she gets from her husband do not warrant a response but rather plunges his wife into a web of confusion as she tries to fathom an answer to his queries However the attention she receives from the plumber enlightens her as stated,” But he took of his hat when he spoke to her and looked her fully, almost insolently in the eye”(Boyle 63 ).
After the ball, she couldn’t find the necklace and because of her dignity, she couldn’t bring herself to tell her friend. She ends up buying an identical necklace, which she cannot afford without debt. This causes the Loisel couple to experience the hardship of low-class life. In the end, it is revealed that the necklace is a fake. Mathilde Loisel, instead of being satisfied with her own pleasures of simple life yearns for the luxuries of the wealthy therefore leading her to a miserable life.