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Beck 1In the short story Roselily by Alice Walker the main character is torn between the imprisonment of marriage and the insecurity of single hood Getting married is supposed to be one of the most joyful and beautiful experiences in a persons life However for Roselily it seems like she is about to make the biggest mistake of her life She thinks of ropes chains handcuffs his religion The religion is probably the thing that scares her the most because of its restrictions His place of worship Where she will be required to sit apart with covered head Arrays of thoughts are running through her head It seems as though she is trying to convince herself into marrying this man In some ways this seems like the right thing to do She sees it as an opportunity to possibly have a better life economically But in Chicago Respect a chance to build Her children at last from underneath the detrimental wheel A chance to be on top It is obvious that she is using marriage as a scapegoat from her harsh life A single mother of three children working in a sewing plant she feels tired However she is not particularly fond of moving to the north She thinks of the air the smoke the cinders Imagines cinders as big as hailstones heavy weighing on the people In her mind in Chicago people are not as nice as in the south Wonders how this finds its way into the veins roping the springs of laughter She imagines people not happy there She extremely fears his religion we come to understand this because she mentions it several times throughout the story She thinks of the man who will be her husband feels shut away from him because of the stiff severity of his plain black suit His religion A lifetime of black and white Of veils Covered head This to her seems like a confinement because
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