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Feminist Critical Analysis: Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love"

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I will be focusing on the critiquing strategy of the feminism Eat Pray Love “One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” (Elizabeth Gilbert 2006). In this essay we will closely examine love, lust, marriage and divorce. Many marriages are committed within love but in all honestly, most are made up of lust. Which leads us to asking ourselves, is there any certainty of the balance of love? Are we ever certain when it comes to seeking a life of solitude or companionship?
As children we grow to learn, you must love yourself before loving someone else. In order to love yourself, you must understand the definition of self- love. “Self- love: Regard for one’s own well- being and happiness.” Can you sincerely claim
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Gilbert hopelessly tries to discreetly escape her marriage, “The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, without causing any fuss or consequences…” She simply wished to disappear through the winds and to not have to confront her reality. However she asked for guidance, she was patient and was granted the opportunity to confront him. Her husband had no desire to follow her in her travels stating, “I don’t want to go to Aruba.” Aruba was where Gilberts next writing assignment was to take place. With tear filled eyes she whispers to him “I don’t want to be married.”
Throughout her on going battle of a divorce, with her heartbroken husband who is reluctant to let his wife go, she reaches a severe state of depression. Sometimes life requires people to be selfish in order to nourish ones natural independency. She goes on a one year “travelogue of spiritual seeking.” As a woman I believe she had to leave to ultimately achieve her goals in life. When two people are not on the same page, they will eventually run into conflict or part their separate ways. Gilbert and her husband did indeed part their own ways.
She mourned and grieved of her marriage, Gilbert, “is built on the notion of a woman trying to heal herself from a severe emotional and spiritual
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