Marriage in "A Sorrowful Woman" and "The Birth Mark"
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The paper discusses how marriage--at least in fiction--is a limiting institution, which does not permit a great deal of change and growth in its partners if the spousal role is changed to one of caretaker. This paper takes such a stance, using evidence from Gail Godwin's short story "A Sorrowful Woman" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Birth Mark" to support the argument.
From the Paper:"Several superficial similarities exist between Gail Godwin's "A Sorrowful Woman" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth Mark." Both stories feature a married couple. In both stories, the husband takes control of the situation at hand, believing that he can correct what is wrong in the marriage. Both women give themselves over to their husbands' ministrations without questioning the wisdom of doing so. As a result of this misplaced trust, both women die. Godwin's story depicts a married woman who sinks from relative normalcy..."
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