A Secret Sorrow And A Sorrowful Woman Essay

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A Secret Sorrow and “A Sorrowful Woman”
The Oxford Dictionaries define sorrow as, “A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others.” In the A Secret Sorrow by Karen van der Zee and “A Sorrowful Woman” by Gail Godwin both feature a female protagonist who encounters sorrow. However, Gail Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman”, is a better work of literature than A Secret Sorrow. “A Sorrowful Woman” is better because of the realistic nature of the love, conflict, and ending found between the short stories.
Love is a major theme that may be found throughout both narratives. Love is a major theme because both protagonists have people who prove their love to them multiple times. For example in A Secret Sorrow, Kai shows his love for Faye by being understanding and bold. An instance of this is when the narrative states, “‘Why do you think I want you for my wife?’ [Kai] continued on a calmer note. … What kind of man do you think I am? I love you, not your … ability.’” (Van der Zee 34). Therefore, Kai loves Faye no matter what challenge they must face together. The husband in “A Sorrowful Woman” on the other hand, not only has understanding love, but he also has durable and receptive love. As an illustration, Godwin states that, “... the husband brought [the woman] breakfast in bed and let her sleep until it grew dark again. … He brought her up a tray of buttered toast, celery sticks and black bean soup. ‘I am the luckiest…

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