How death and alienation changes Delores’ life

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Courtney Rojas English 1 4-13-17 CRN# Professor Cicely Young How death and alienation changes Delores’ life. The book “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb is about the life of a woman named Delores. Throughout Delores’ life she went through many struggles originating from problems with personal connections in her life surrounding alienation and death. Delores is surrounded by death her whole life. She is forced to navigate through life discovering how to survive alone. This takes a toll on her emotionally and psychologically. Delores lived with her mother (Ma) a stay at home mom and her father who was very busy with work and his mistress. Television becomes a big part of Delores’ life and begins to shape what she should expect in life since her mother and father make little time for her. These experiences make Delores dramatic and inauthentic as if she was taking on different movie personas throughout her life. This alienation in her life between her and her parents begins to cause Delores emotional discomfort because it seems like Delores has no one who cares for her. Everyone is too busy dealing with their personal life to notice her and help her with hers. Studies show that alienation can lead to accelerated aging and distress. I can only imagine how stressed and depressed Delores felt dealing with alienation at such a young age. In second grade Delores is supposed to be expecting a baby brother! This seemed like a real opportunity for dolores to make a loving connection for once in her life. Unfortunately her mother miscarries and her family is devastated especially Delores. Delores is continuously overlooked by her mother and father due to their marital issues. During one of Delores’ parents fights Delores is sent outside. She disappears and on her return she sits in the kitchen with her mom when they discover the start of Delores’ period. Her mom reacts as if Delores’ is to blame
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Courtney Rojas English 1 4-13-17 CRN# Professor Cicely Young for starting her period. This shows how Delores is more like a burden to her mother. She didn’t teach her about what was happening but spoke to her like she could change it or prevent it. Delores’ mother didn't have time to nurture to her and pain is left to feel the pain of alienation. This was an example of how alone Delores was in life and her first encounter with death. Her unborn brother caused dysfunction in her household because of the suffering it brought their family. Delores’ parents had a major impact on her life when her parents divorced. Her Parents didn’t inform her of the split until after they were already separated and her father was going to go live with another woman in another state. The next time Delores heard from her father was when he sent a letter promising to pay child support. Delores was looking for love and attention.
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