A Sorrowful Woman

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Analysis of The Husband in “A Sorrowful Woman”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ” – Albert Einstein. In Gayle Godwin’s short story “ A Sorrowful Woman ” The husband’s life can easily be related to the sayings of Sir Albert Einstein. Throughout the entire story the husband marvelously balances the ridiculous demands of his wife, all the housework that includes cooking, cleaning, paying bills, the needs of his three year old child, all while working a regular 9 to 5 job. Most ordinary husbands wouldn’t put up with these baring tasks, but the husband in “A Sorrowful Woman” does. We can see the great qualities of the husband flourish threw each and every scene in the story, but a daunting question arises in the story. How could such a great guy make so many wrong decisions when it came to taking care of his wife, evidently causing her to commit suicide? Also can we find the husbands actions to show signs of greed? Starting with wrong decision number 1. The wife is already afraid of the child from the incident of him scratching her by accident causing her to bleed. The husband remained calm and calls their usual babysitter they employed to take care of the child until he arrives home. A couple nights later after supper the wife, knowing that the husband was watching, hits the child, and collapses to the floor crying and the child weeps away and hides. The husband, blinded by his affection for her quickly attends to the wife, and not to his crying son who just was wrongfully hit. The wife is clearly trying to seek the husband’s attention and it does. What does this say about the husband? The husband’s reaction shows that he cares more about his wife then his three year old. In a way the husband has just neglected his child, where as any other parent would have scolded their wife for hitting the child, and go comfort him. Though the husband can’t attend both his wife and the child at the same time, he suggests having a girl...
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