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Use of Setting and Color in Doris Lessings short story To Room Nineteen Susan Rawling main character in Doris Lessings short story To Room Nineteen fights against her inner emptiness and the choices she ought to make This painful battle ends up determining an alienated attitude towards her life In order to express this psychological process Lessing discreetly describes how the character differently views her surroundings along the story making use of elements in Susans surroundings including the starkness of her white house to represent her troublesome emotional status and later using color and interior descriptions to appear to draw Susan away from her internal alienation through what seems to be her only choice suicide At the onset of the story Susan Rawling lives in a large white seemingly empty house Scarcely can the reader find any detailed description of both the house and the furniture this house is bound to have in it Her surroundings symbolize her internal emptiness her sense of separation from other people and even her separation from herself In that case why did Susan feel as if life had become a desert and that nothing mattered and that her children were not her own p 668 Her alienation appears to be linked not only to her surroundings but also to her shaping of those surroundings and her view of their importance in defining her own emptiness Susan incapable of drawing any kind of attention to neither herself nor her surroundings can only perceive her life - fours kids a husband and house - as a demanding structure she must manage For she knew tha tthis structure big white house on which the mortgage still cost four hundred a year a husband so good and kind and insightful four children all doing so nicely all this depended on her p672 Lessing hints at first at Susan Rawlings inability to decide not
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