Sorrowful Woman 1. FIRST RESPONSE. How did you respond to the excerpt from A SECRET SORROW and to “A Sorrowful Woman”? Do you like one more than the other? Is one of the women – Faye or Godwin’s unnamed wife – more likable than the other? Why do you think you respond the way you do to the characters and the stories – is your response intellectual, emotional, a result of authorial intent, a mix of these, or something else entirely? Both writings were very well written and very enjoyable to read. “The Sorrowful Woman” and A Secret Sorrow were similar, although they were very different, due to the inner sorrow they both faced. I enjoyed reading A Secret Sorrow more than “The Sorrowful Woman” due to the fact that I was able to somewhat
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Faye wants to have a family, and thinks that she will lose Kai since she is unable to have children. Godwin’s unnamed wife however, views family as somewhat of a burden. She pulls away from them and isolates herself in a little room, letting the husband and her child to rely on each other. Faye’s inability to have children creates a problem, because she wants to have children with Kai, but is unable to do so, however, if she would open her mind, she will see that adoption would be better than not having a family at all.
4. How is the woman’s problem in “A Sorrowful Woman” made more complex that Faye’s in A Secret Sorrow? What is the purpose of the husband and child in Godwin’s story?
The woman in “A Sorrowful Woman” has a more complex problem because she has a husband and child that love her, but she doesn’t want them. She pulls away; she isolates herself, hides herself in a little room, and eventually dies alone. The purpose of the husband and child in “A Sorrowful Woman” I think symbolizes the ultimate love and devotion a husband can have with his wife. She was clearly very ill, so ill that she wanted nothing to do with her child, nor her husband. Instead of leaving her, the husband stepped in and took care of everything.
5. How would you describe the theme – the central point and meaning – in each story?
In “A Sorrowful Woman” I would describe the theme as dark and dismal. A woman has a husband and child that