Laura Brown embodies the plight of most women during the American post-war era. Since the men who had fought and seen the horrors of war were coming home, women were quick to fill the role of making sure they had perfect homes to come home to.
In The Hours, Laura Brown feels she keeps falling short of the role. Having her own dreams and artistic ambitions which she can no longer pursue, or at least, devote enough space to, she feels she is floating through a double life: half-woman, half-wife—two terms that are easily interchangeable in 1950s suburban reality, but two entities that are very searingly different to her.
Silently succumbing to the pressures of having to perform her housewife duties with cheerful docility, Laura feels increasingly alienated whenever she feels her performance does not meet her expectations. Her hostility toward herself is a reflection of her strong resentment toward what has become of her life.
So now she is Laura Brown. Laura Zielski, the solitary girl, the...
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