My Sister's Marriage Analysis

As one broke free from confinement, the other chose to live in her father’s path not knowing. In the story “My Sister’s Marriage,” Cynthia Marshall Rich writes of a small family of a father, Dr. Landis who is over controlling of his two daughters, Sarah Ann and Olive (200). Dr. Landis is a controlling and manipulative father who is always concerned towards his two daughters. Olive, who is the eldest daughter, is rebellious and courageous as she introduces change in her life away from her father’s expectations. Sarah Ann on the other hand, is an obedient girl who is over powered by her father. As Dr. Landis teaches his two daughters Olive and Sarah Ann a form of love that is unbearable, they both develop traits that determine their fate of either …show more content…
As Olive is able to perceive what she believes to be true, Sarah Ann argues otherwise because of her father’s influence. When Olive “hurls” her brush at her father, Sarah Ann “begs for his forgiveness” resembling Sarah Ann being mislead by their father’s expectations (209). Sarah Ann is a jealous and vulnerable girl who is brainwashed by her father who dominates and overpowers her. Always wanting to please her father, Sarah Ann consistently compares her actions towards her father with Olives. Always in a competition with her sister, this is exemplified as Sarah Ann makes lemonade thinking to herself if her lemonade was as good as Olives (202). Sarah Ann always “loved” Olive, but she is always jealous of her because father favors Olive more (206). Sarah Ann describes in result, “To tell the truth, it was Olive Father loved best. There was a time when I couldn’t have said that, it would have hurt me too much” (201). As Olive is able to “let her hair loose,” Sarah Ann chooses to follow her father’s way of life and continue to “braid” her hair (205). While Olive had left with her husband, Sarah Ann believes that she is now father’s favorite as he asks her for Olive’s letters to burn (212). While Sarah Ann implies that Olive had betrayed them both, she vows to be her father’s companion (212). However, still jealous and frustrated by her father’s actions of keeping the letters, she explains, “I didn’t wonder what to do. It wasn’t fair, don’t you see? He hadn’t any right to keep those letters after he told me I was the only daughter he had left”

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