Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood And The Harem Within: Analysis

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Motherhood is a new chapter of a woman's life. Are all women ready to enter motherhood though? Women think about having children because of the joy and happiness they bring. That it's a necessity for creating a family. Women mention everything that goes on during a pregnancy but not after. In the book “Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within” by Elif shafak, discusses how her life changed after her pregnancy. Elif Shafak was a turkish writer, nomad, and a pacifist until she experienced the devastating feeling of postpartum depression. In September of 2006 Shafak gave birth to a baby girl named Sherazad Zelda. The outcome affected many aspects of her life, but mostly as a writer. Elif shafak had an impact on society because …show more content…
People tend to shut down when dealing with it instead of speaking up. For example, “Perhaps we forget to ask for help when we need it most” (Shafak, 61). Shafak mentions to the readers that we overall forget to ask for help when we most need it, even herself. Not just women, but everyone overall shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Depression can lead to suicide, the thoughts of our own can kill us. Although many women can relate to this quote from Shafak, it should encourage them to speak up. Women shouldn't put their life at risk that can lead to a newborn baby without a mother. The reason why Shafak impacted women would be because they can relate to one another. Women can take into consideration of getting help because Shafak not only being a writer but someone who women look up to. Lastly, Shafak is saying that women shouldn't be afraid to speak up about the problems that can affect their …show more content…
Shafak was very confused and indecisive at first. For instance, “I should call my doctor. But my pride-or-vanity won't let me do it. I don't want anyone to feel sorry about me or make assumptions about my sanity” (Shafak, 214). This quote shows that she did not want to ask for help because she didn't feel want to people to think she was insane. In the end Shafak does get the medical attention she needs. For example “ Finally a doctor said, “Welcome to Postpartum depression. Let's start with two Cipralex a day and sees how it goes” (Shafak, 235). Although Shafak was irresolute before she made the move to get help, women are not the same but this all ties back to getting help and support from loved ones. It is necessary to keep women sane and making sure that they acknowledge the support they have so they can move forward with their life. Therefore, Shafak shows how she progressed through her depression because she was scared of what people would think of her sanity, but indeed got

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