A Sorrowful Woman Summary

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Throughout the course of this semester, there have been various characters in the short stories read in class who have manifested signs and symptoms of individuals who are clearly going through some kind of depression. Ranging from women who couldn’t handle the new found responsibilities of motherhood, a soldier returning back from war, and an elderly women who was exposed to the sad truths of growing old, the detrimental effects depression has on a person is clearly shown throughout the course of these stories. Not only are the main protagonist of these stories affected, the overall plot, theme, and their interpersonal relationships with other characters in the stories are shown to be affected as well. The overall themes of these stories encircle …show more content…
The story begins in the winter season which represents the young wife’s loneliness, depression, and especially her frustration from not being able to fully comprehend what was going on with her. During the winter season she begins experiencing a psychological breakdown to the point where she no longer feels the need to leave her room unless it’s extremely urgent. As the days go by, she seeps further into the crippling abyss of depression as she can longer bear the sight of her three year old child. The story states, “The sight of them made her so sad and sick she did not want to see them ever again”, her sadness was due to the frustrations she was experiencing because deep down she knew she was not acting the way a mother was supposed to act towards her child. The young mother’s son is affected by all this because he never really establishes a normal relationship with the woman who gave birth to him. At the beginning of the story he is constantly looking for his mother’s approval and love, but is constantly rejected by her. This further added to her confusion and caused her to seek isolation away from her child and husband, which beheld long term negative effects on her persona. Instead of seeking professional …show more content…
Depression is a psychological state which has affected and still affects numerous individuals, having a very debilitating effect on them. The young wife, Krebs, and Matt Fowler all showcased some kind of depression in their perspective stories. In “A Sorrowful Woman”, Gail Goodwin displays the horrifying long term effects untreated depression could have on a mother after childbirth. Known as post-partem depression, the young mother in the story is overtaken by a wide array of different emotions as she struggles to comprehend why she despises her three year old child. Confused by all this she decides to isolate herself away from her child and everyone else in the family to protect not only herself but her baby boy too. In the end she loses her life to depression. Not only does the story show the mothers take on post-partem depression, it also shows how this condition had negative effects on her marriage as well as her overall family life. After post-partem depression, PTSD was brought to light as “A Soldier’s Home” showcased the negative effects war could have on a person’s psyche. War changed this young man, as it took a toll on his perception of the world and those around him. His depression prevented him from carrying out a normal life, and establishing long and meaningful interpersonal relationships with people from the town. He ultimately decides to leave everything behind and begin

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