Professor Kym Kennedy
12 October 2011
A Feminist’s View
A feminist criticism is an approach to literature that seeks to correct or supplement what may be regarded as a predominantly male-dominated critical perspective with a feminist consciousness (Meyer 1658). The excerpt from A Secret Sorrow and “A Sorrowful Woman” are great from a feminist point of view. Both of these stories are about marriage and family, but their points of view are different. How would a feminist critic view the characters willingness to want a family or willingness to be separated from her family? How would a feminist critic analyze the time period of the two stories? What would a feminist critic say about the male leads? You are about to find out!
The main female character in “A Sorrowful Woman” had a family. She had a husband and a child who loved her, yet she wanted no part of it. She was depressed and angry. “The sight of them made her so sad and sick she did not want to see them ever again” (Meyer 39). A feminist critic might say that a woman needs to be more than just a wife and mother. Women want to be educated and work outside of the home. A mother/wife needs to do more than just housework and child care, they need other duties. They want/need to feel more important. Not all women feel this way though, some women’s life goals are to marry and have children like Faye in A Secret Sorrow. Faye so badly wants to have children but is unable. Faye is a stereotype of how women are perceived. In Faye eyes and others’ women are born to marry and have children. Faye feels that the fact that she can’t have children makes her less of a woman. “You wouldn’t want me any more.” “I’m afraid… afraid to marry you” (Meyer 32-33). Faye believes that because she can’t have children, then she shouldn’t marry either because she would be letting her future husband down. Once Faye realizes that you can have children and a family other ways she is once again content with...