Life's Fullfilments And Failures

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LIFE'S FULFILLMENT OR FAILURE In both of the stories A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee and A Sorrowful Woman by Gail Godwin the plot is focused on marriage and family. Both of the stories talk about a protagonist female going through some emotional problems, some crises involving her approach towards life, family and marriage. Both women have a man next to them and they are being described as a perfect one you would like to have by your side; loving, thoughtful, understanding and helpful. Although the idea of the those two stories is the same the problem is being presented very differently. A Secret Sorrow it's a perfect example of the formula fiction story where we expect the happy ending and A Sorrowful Woman totally surprises us with its ending. We get an example of how people can have various needs in life; what could be a major goal in life for one person, could be a total failure to another.

We are being presented with a different approach to life and what kind of purpose life could have.

Faye in A Secret Sorrow experience crisis in her life before the marriage, because she found out that she would never be able to have children. She is in love with Kai, but she is so afraid that he may reject her and her love, because she will be unable to fulfill his life. She is so scared that she doesn't even want to tell him what her problem is, Kai says:" You told me you love me, but you don't want to marry me". She assumes that the only way they would find happiness in life is, if they would have children together. Nothing makes Faye happier than to see her own family "One-day Kai and Faye watched...