The Theme Of Depression In A Sorrowful Woman

1530 Words 6 Pages
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 help, she isolated herself away from the world and everyone else inside the house. She relished in her loneliness, but this was shown to not be constructive in the story because her disgust towards her son never dissipated. Eventually one afternoon in the spring, her depression finally won the battle as she passed away. Gail Goodwin makes it clear post-partem depression is a real and haunting condition that could not only bring about grave dangers to the mother’s experiencing it, but to the

Related Documents