To Room Nineteen by Doris LessingIn her illuminating discussion of Doris Lessings debt to T. Charting the failure of communication and subsequent decline of love in a midtwentiethcentury marriage, Lessing both pursues one of Eliots most central themes in The Waste Land and writes back from the womans point of view. To Room Nineteen addresses Eliots tableau in part 2 of The Waste Land that features a woman sitting before a mirror, brushing her hair: Under the firelight, under the brush, her hair Spread out in fiery points Glowed into words, then would be savagely still. The scene is reproduced twice in Lessings story, as Susan Rawlings sits running the brush over her hair again and again, lifting fine black clouds in a small hiss of electricity, while watching her husband in the mirror. In Lessing as well a s Eliot, this scene stands out as an icon of the failure of genuine communication, even between wouldbe lovers, that both writers clearly blame on the general cultural and spiritual climate of the twentieth century; this might also, by some readers, be seen as a phenomenon of gender. The discourse of intelligence, which so completely dominates the Rawlings in Lessings story, effectively excludes speaking of any other, notsorational experience.
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From the magnificent 'To Room Nineteen', a study of a dry, controlled middle class marriage 'grounded in intelligence', to the shocking and sharp 'A Woman on a Roo. From the magnificent 'To Room Nineteen', a study of a dry, controlled middle class marriage 'grounded in intelligence', to the shocking and sharp 'A Woman on a Roof, where a workman becomes obsessed with a pretty sunbather, this superb collection of stories from the s through to the s bears witness to Doris Lessing's extraordinary perspective on the human condition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you. An underlying theme that Lessing could be hinting at is how adultery affects a marriage. During the s, divorce was becoming a more prevalent solution to marital issues. By collecting historical information and considering the characters in this story, it can be assumed that Lessing believed that divorce was a suitable solution for some marriages. During the s, divorce was considered to be a widespread tragedy in London. This suggests that if a couple were in any of these three situations, their marriage was undoubtedly broken down. Towards the end of the story, Susan tries to convince Matthew that she had been unfaithful to him in order to make him relate to how she is feeling, but this quickly backfires and only causes Susan more strife.
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