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Lucielias Conflict With Reality The novel The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor focuses on the stories of several women who have refused to accept their own realities causing them to create new realities for themselves In Lucielia Louise Turner a womans life is almost destroyed because she believes that she cannot survive the burden of truth However through a mother line from the wisdom passed on by a life-experienced woman Mattie Lucielia learns that truth is worth far more than self-delusion Lucielia has a live-in boyfriend Eugene and they have a child Serena Lucielia works hard to make real her fantasy life in which mother father and child live happily ever after She is proud that her child knows her fathers name however Mattie shatters the protective covering around Lucielias dream world by saying Better teach her your nameShell be using it more 96 Mattie unlike Lucielia who is filled with unbridled optimism and self-delusion is direct and grounded in reality She speaks with the knowledge of a woman who has seen many single women who are heads of their households By cutting to the reality of whose name the child will need to know Mattie bursts the bubble of Lucielias dream world After Eugene loses his job he cannot take the stress of supporting her Serena and a baby that is on the way He complains So now how in the hell Im gonna make it with no money huh And another brat comin here huh 94 Ciel does not want to see the reality of this nightmare which can be seen through her determination to clean a pot of rice She keeps trying to refill it until the water is clear but she knew the water was never going to be totally clear 94 This mirrors the life Ciel is searching for her hopes to flourish She blames herself for becoming pregnant and attempts to make her world perfect by
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