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A Sorrowful Woman

Gail Godwin's short story "A Sorrowful Woman" was published in 1976 in a collection of her stories entitled Dream Children. Godwin herself is a feminist author, many of whose writings revolve...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2015, 4:39 am (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

In this feminist tale, the main character is a wife and mother who withdraws from fulfilling her expected role as caretaker and nurturer of others. She feels trapped by the expectations that come...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

Gail Godwin's story examines the rejection of the traditional roles assigned to women—to be self-sacrificing wives and mothers—and the toll that this rejection can take on women. The woman in the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2017, 9:33 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

"Once upon a time there was a wife and mother one too many time"—Gail Godwin’s "A Sorrowful Woman" (1976) has a fairytale beginning. Familiar with the way such tales run, we anticipate the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019, 3:50 am (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

In the short story “A Sorrowful Woman,” the husband’s response to his wife’s behavior does little to help her recover from her depressive episodes. She learns to avoid her duties in the household,...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

Gail Godwin's story entitled "A Sorrowful Woman" is a feminist story meant to exemplify the depression suffered by many women whose lives are spent solely as wives and mothers without any sense of...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

There are a number of good theses you could apply to Gail Godwin’s short story “A Sorrowful Woman.” I can give you some ideas and then you can expand and develop them. Possible thesis one: The wife...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2020, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

This story is told in third person. It is as if, on the whole, the scenes we see are being filmed by a camera. We see the actions going on and hear the dialogue but have to interpret what it all...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

“A Sorrowful Woman” is a short story by Gail Godwin that appears in an anthology called Dream Children. It is an anthology of feminist stories, and this one focuses on a woman’s struggle to meet...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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The story opens in the winter: "One winter evening she looked at them: the husband durable, receptive, gentle; the child a tender golden three," the first line states. During this winter season,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

In the story, Gail Godwin uses a third-person narrator, which imparts a detached tone to the narrative. It also allows the author to provide information about every character’s interior state,...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 5:07 am (UTC)

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A Sorrowful Woman

One might argue that the theme of self-discovery in Gail Godwin's short story "A Sorrowful Woman" plays out as the young woman breaks ties with the obligations society has imposed on her to be a...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 5:42 am (UTC)

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