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This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. “To Room Nineteen” is a short story by Doris Lessing . • Doris Lessing. To Room Nineteen • was an additional proof of their happiness. They had played the same roles, male and female, in this group or set . To Room Nineteen. Lessing, Doris. Primary Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon where she just sits and thinks.

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To Room Nineteen

Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago. Dec 03, Chen Wen rated it it was amazing. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read. Susan Rawlings is married to a man she has loved, has four beloved children, is financially comfortable, and seeks a centre and purpose for her life.

When the youngest child goes off to school Susan, who quit her job to mother, does not experience the sense of freedom that she expected. Studying English and Media at my university has opened my eyes to a whole different section of literature that I never thought I would enjoy: Such a strange world we live in. There was a certain slide into contentment at the end at making a decision that was solely her own, not needing to answer to anyone else for it, and I also felt the frustration of not getting the help or support that she so desperately needed, and the fear of reprisal if she should Inneteen But society demands a woman to be the one taking care of the children and the hosehold, while the men mostly are suppose to bring the money and put food on the table.


It’s obvious why Lessing won the Nobel prize – she can write! Everywhere on the mountains, where she met no one at all, from breakfast time to dusk, excepting sheep, or a shepherd, she came face to face with her own craziness, which might attack her in the b I’m sure I’ll be thinking about the title story for some time.

They have the same dry sarcastic sort of writing. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Her life goes exactly according to plan which leaves her at a loss when she can’t manage happiness.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

She is ill and therefore society is ill. The woman says her lover is out of town, but that she’ll suggest it when she sees him. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Commentary Lessing legitimizes the depression that besets many women who work at home. The mad world of suicide, however, is represented in a series of largely positive images: We all want to think our relationships leesing be Happily-Ever- After but Lessing reminds us that this is rarely the case.

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To Room Nineteen only. The final paragraphs of the story try to demonstrate the sanity of Susan’s madness. It’s classed as a short story, but it’s longer than you would think a short story to be but it’s not a novella like Robert Louis Stevenson’s, Dr. Lessing does not need to describe the freedom Susan is starving for; her desperation is absolutely clear and her husband’s rational objection based on the comparison with his own life is met with the reader’s sympathetic frustration.


She thinks she has the perfect marriage. I could dissect each and every paragraph for you and tell you which techniques Lessing uses to make this story phenomenal.

To Room Nineteen

Well, the story kind of lost me when later on in their marriage, the wife started blaming her anxieties on demons, and talked about literally seeing demons. Room 19 is a simple story about a frustrated housewife. Return to Book Page. But how will Susan respond?

All three levels are hinted at in the opening paragraph, where the narrator intrudes into the fiction to make the apparently reliable observation noneteen “this is a story” about “a failure in intelligence. What is realy remarkleble about this story is that it brings up subjects of discussions that, even today for many people, are considered better left alone.

Nothing else goes wrong, but the result is that Susan Rawlings goes slowly mad inside the meaninglessness of her life.