How does Louise resolving the conflicts at the end of the novel accentuate her self-acceptance?
Near the end of the novel, Louise delivers twins of a young woman. This event has a profound impact upon her which can be said to resolve all of the conflicts. At the end of the story, Louise can be said to have attained profound self-understanding and a sense of personal fulfillment.
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Sara Louise’s main conflict was an inner struggle, a character vs. self conflict. She felt torn between making herself happy and accepting the role that she felt pushed into by her family. Her conflict stems from the character vs. character conflicts she has with her sister and her parents. Because her sister was born sickly, and the fact that they were twins meant that the attention she got resulted in less attention for Louise. This created the inner conflict of jealousy and guilt on Louise’s part.
Sara Louise takes a job in a town that mimics her own, that shares her family name. She has come full circle, and it is time to face her past. When Sara Louise delivers the twins, she finds herself reliving the situation of her own birth. She focuses all of her attention on the sickly child, and completely forgets about the other, healthy baby. When she realizes this, it is if her entire life comes crashing down on her. She made the same choice she has blamed her parents and everyone else for.
She comes to terms with both her decision and theirs, and tells the family to love the little boy. She hopes to change her own past by changing his, ensuring that his parents do not repeat the mistakes hers made. By accepting the circumstances of her birth, she can finally come to terms with who she is and live her own life.
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