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From Pain to Freedom The Use of Setting in Doris Lessings To Room 19 Susan Rawling the main character in Doris Lessings short story To Room 19 fights against her inner emptiness and the roles she is supposed to play as a mother a wife and a house manager This painful battle leads her to an utterly denying attitude towards her intelligent marriage and domestic life In order to express this psychological process Lessing progressively describes the different views the character has of her surroundings - such as the starkness of her white house the big and wild garden and finally Room 19 to demonstrate how these settings influence her troublesome emotional status At the onset of the story Susan Rawling lives in a large white and gardened house Although one may possibly infer her husband and she lead a wealthy life and that their house is likely to be comfortable scarcely can the reader find any detailed description of both the house and the furniture this house is bound to have inside Along the story many are the passages where the reader can clearly perceive that this is an intelligently organized structure managed mainly by her Everything is perfect they had everything they had wanted and had planned for And yet p 666 At a certain moment Susan realizes that there is something wrong with her life Despite the fact that apparently she leads a flawless life 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 Susan tries to draw herself back from this structure when she perceives she does not totally belong to that place since there she is not really herself but the mother the wife and the house manager in other words Mrs Rawling Inside the house Susan has to perform her domestic roles not being able to see her own essence as
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