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The Horse - Dealers Daughter D H Lawrence The role of women in society is constantly an issue DH Lawrencess story shows through passive natures obedient attitudes and shattered egos a woman struggling to live her life according to her three verbally abusive brothers The Horse - Dealers Daughter is about Mabel who tries to commit suicide by drowning herself in a pond A young doctor Joe Ferguson saves her She then believes that he loves her This idea was not a first thought to Joe but he begins to find that he does loves her However Mabel thinks she is too awful to be loved When Joe declares over and over that he wants her and that he loves her she becomes more frightened than of Joe not wanting her Does Joe really love Mabel He convinces himself he does I dont think love or marriage has ever appeared to him When Mabel finds out that he saved her she convinces herself that he loves her The reason why I think she committed suicide is because she felt unloved Her father had recently died her brothers were mean and rude to her the family was left in their dads debt They can no longer afford a housekeeper so Mabel is has to take on the household chores She becomes a servant never talking back or standing up for herself Mabel is constantly ordered around by her brothers When asked what she would do now she didnt answer I dont think she had anything planned She probably didnt have a good education so there were few options for her Instead of trying to improve her life Mabels lack of determination and drive causes her to look for another method of escape I think she felt overwhelmed with pressure and thats why she decided to commit suicide She could go on to be with her dead dad not having to face
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