In The Effect of Gamma rays on Man- in – the Moon Marigold by Paul Zindel, Beatrice, the single mother of Tillie and Ruth, has multiple internal and external conflicts which present barriers to living a normal life. A single mother whose life has gone awry, she copes with it through self-hatred, cynicism, and drug abuse, and by verbally (and at times physically) abusing her two daughters But she finds other ways to sustain herself. There are many internal conflicts reflected by personality and inner issues, as well as external conflicts which inhibit her ability to function normally in society, including family dynamics and environmental factors.
Beatrice faces many internal conflicts because, first off, she is a crazy women! She is completely nuts. In the story Beatrice asks, “ Do you want me to chloroform that thing right this minute?” ( 10) This shows her insanity because she wants to kill a rabbit that has not done much harm to her or anyone else. Eventually her insanity drives her to the max and she ends up killing the per rabbit. Another problem Beatrice has is her life style, its not healthy at all. She sustain herself with alcohol and cigarettes and by creating illusions. Creates an illusion to escape problems by drinking but then having a drinking problem because she is always drinking. Because Beatrice was crazy and had a bad childhood she is know as “ Betty the Loon”. In the story Ruth says, “ Miss Hanley said her nickname used to be Betty the Loon.” ( 71) Thus everyone remembers her and how much of a weirdo she is. And Beatrice does not have a lot of nice to clothes to wear because of how poor they are so she never want to go out in public, or anywhere in general. Not only does her internal conflicts cause problems, so does her external ones.
Beatrice has many external conflicts that cause her a lot of trouble too. She is very anti-social, stays home a lot because she wants to hide from...