Book Analysis: Wild By Cheryl Strayed

Improved Essays
Would you be mad at your mother for dying or for being sick? In the memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Strayed at 22 years old had several issues after her mother’s death from cancer. Strayed, devastated became involved in heroin use, and sleeping with other men rather than her husband Paul. Which led her to divorce him. Her stepfather disconnected from Strayed 's family, and her brother and sister stayed distant from her. After fourth years of her mother’s death she seeks self-discovery, and a resolution for her lasting grief and personal challenges. At the age of 26, she left all alone on her hike, 1,100-mile journey, having no prior backpacking experience. In her hike she realized how mad she was at her mother for dying, and because she could …show more content…
As Strayed was mad at her mother for living her out in the world by herself. I’ve blamed my mother for all that has happened to me. I blamed her because I always felt that if she had been in a better health rather than mentally ill, then I think that she would have gave me a better example with life. My whole life I had to teach myself how to be a lady, respect others, and how to survive financially. Yes my mother at one point did tell me not to do bad things, but that wasn’t enough. However, I never listened to her, until she became sick. I regretted that forever since I did not have anyone to give me a good advice. According Cheryl Strayed, “I was left to figure it out on my own” (266). That’s exactly how my life felt. I am able to connect with Strayed life story because she felt lonely and lost in the world. Yes, Strayed’s mother had died, and I can’t compare death with sickness, but I felt as if mother had left me too. Especially when I wasn’t able to speak to her about my things. We both have differences, but in some type of way Strayed and I were …show more content…
My father had decided one year to go to Mexico and bring himself a new wife with kids that weren’t even his. My dad had left his real family and his real children. After that my father did not pay much attention to us. I felt this emptiness in my heart I could not believe that my own father had done that to me his eleventh year old daughter, I felt betrayed. Like Cheryl Strayed mentioned, “That was my father: the man who hadn’t father me. It had always amazed me every time. Again and again and again. Of all the wild things, his failure to love the way he should have had always been the wildest things of all” (233). I can relate to Strayed when she mentioned that because that is precisely how my father had left me. I wanted to put distance between us, so I had planned a trip to move away. Just as Strayed did when she left everything to go and find self-discovery in the PCT

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    I was constantly told I was wrong for not forgiving her and that it was a selfish thing but this is what was best for me. About a month before she died my mom forced me to talk to her and that maybe I would change my mind but it made me angrier. She had no sign of remorse and compared her sickness to the how many saints died because she was a religious woman. I was furious and told her she was not saint and hung up. I gave her a chance to make things better however she showed me that she could care less if she is actually sorry.…

    • 718 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Due to being a single mother, working multiple jobs, and suffering illnesses, her ability to take care of Emily was very limited. Therefore, the mother blames herself for Emily’s suffering and strange behavior. The mother recalls that, “There were years she did not want me to touch her. She kept too much in herself, her life was such she had to keep too much in herself.” (Olsen). Therefore, Emily grew up hating her mother most of her life because she was never there for her.…

    • 1402 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Sometimes I felt like it was somehow my fault and that I should have tried to help the situation. Other times I felt angry that they would do this to my sisters and I. I feel that I most likely felt this was because they’re both natural reactions to have after something big changes in life. Most children feel that divorce is their fault, but after a few months of readjusting to the new way my life was going to be I realized that my feelings were wrong. I learned that there were gaps in my knowledge about the whole thing and that it had nothing to do with me. The whole reason my mother left my father was because he had had many issues and refused to fix any of them.…

    • 1255 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I don't know why I did that. I didn’t mean anything by it, but that was one of the last memories she had of me, and I wish I could take it back,”(page 97). This is a kid who in in the past had a great relationship with her mom. She lived in a home full of loving people, but after her mother left, and Sal had yelled at her, she felt bad. She felt as if her mother would always remember her yelling at her, and that she wouldn’t remember all the good…

    • 1344 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I could not be the adult any longer and unravel her, while still trying to ensure I was not tying myself up in her predicament. My mother was enraged, she could not believe that I was that unappreciative for the life she had provided me. She demonstrated how open and free she had let me be, but in those moments I was not wanting independence but a little parental guidance from the women who claimed to be my mother. She was unable to see that she was imposing on me the shackles that her mother had placed on her. She had run away from her mother; but that was simply a temporary fix, since the tangles still bound…

    • 1172 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Also, women in her time period didn’t receive high education. Therefore, she accepted their mandate and married my grandfather. Since that time, she needed to learn how to be a housewife and she lived with complaints. She rarely went her home and talk to her parents. She didn’t like my grandfather and even she had resentment for him.…

    • 1346 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    My Girl Movie Analysis

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Her mom died because of complications during child birth. Her grandmother then moved in with them and they became very close but now she is sick and doesn 't talk. At one point in the movie she takes money from classmates to show them a dead body and she shows them her grandma. Her father does not realize all the things she is going through and pays her very little attention. She has very little girls in her life that our positive to her views on life.…

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Denver continues with her obsession with Beloved until she starts to realize that Beloved really doesn’t care about her at all. Seems to be only interested in Sethe. Sethe thought that before a love relation she had others responsibilities her relation with Paul D has to come in the last place:” I have other things to worry about Beloved, about age and sickness not to speak of love.” Pg.83 Denver found out that Beloved sucked the life out of her mother, she looked for help to get rid of her, and it worked the whole community come to assist her getting Beloved to move out of the house. This loss was the first time good for booth deal with problem of memories. The job she started out with , protecting Beloved from Sethe , changed to protecting her mother from Beloved .…

    • 1090 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    A Secret Sorrow Analysis

    • 846 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Unlike in “A Secret Sorrow” and unlike Faye. His wife seemed to fit the role, but refused to take the position. Throughout this story she is too overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a wife, as well as a mother and wants a different role. She says “The sight of them made her so sad and sick she did not want to see them ever again” (pg. 39).…

    • 846 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Rock Bottom In My Life

    • 1000 Words
    • 4 Pages

    This disease wears down your bones and stiffens them little by little. There is no common cure for this so a person has to live this lifestyle till their life is done. It sucks that out of all the people my mom has to have it. What made me hit rock bottom in this situation is that I have to come home and hear my only mother complain about her body hurting and how she can hardly walk. I sometimes cry because I can do nothing in my power to relieve her pain as much as I would like to.…

    • 1000 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays