The Sorrowful Woman By Gail Godwin

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When it comes to marriage, we expect the fairy tale story that we grew up watching on tv and reading in books; stories such as Cinderella, Snow White, or Aladdin. We’re convinced that marriage will solve our problems. We have the false conception that marriage will bring us the perfect white picket fence, 2.4 kids and a nice dog; that our husband/wife will be ideal, and that we’ll live happily ever after. In the story The Sorrowful Woman by Gail Godwin; modern marriage is portrayed as the perfect fairytale that went horribly wrong. Godwin’s protagonist “The wife and mother” can be described as selfish and self-centered due to her unwillingness to conform to the fairytale that she finds herself resenting.
In a structured family each person has their own role in order for the family as a whole to function properly. The wife is often referred to as the “Angel in the house”. Her designated role is to be the nurturer. A good mother is expected to contribute her whole life to her family. Mothers are expected to be the glue that holds a family together. It is their responsibility to provide the loving care and support needed for raising children, making her husband feel loved, and taking care of household chores and preparing daily meals. In the household the father also has a fundamental role. They play “the breadwinner”, their position in the marriage/ family is to care for the needs of their family by providing shelter, food, and safety. Neither the wife nor husband is

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