This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. “To Room Nineteen” is a short story by Doris Lessing . • Doris Lessing. To Room Nineteen • was an additional proof of their happiness. They had played the same roles, male and female, in this group or set . To Room Nineteen. Lessing, Doris. Primary Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon where she just sits and thinks.

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To ask other readers questions about To Room Nineteenplease sign ninetsen. Her life goes exactly according to plan which leaves her at a loss when she can’t manage happiness. Retrieved December 23, from Encyclopedia.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. But in To Nineeen NineteenI found that the characters seemed to be built beautifully and that I knew them well without the chapters of building the foundations that you would find in a novel. The story’s ancestry is traceable to D.

She is critical of Matthew’s response to Susan. Like some medical professionals, he lesding not take the time to understand what she feels, and is unwilling to face anything outside of his experience.

From the very first sentence of the story, we are thrown straight into the marriage of Matthew and Susan Rawlings and the dynamic of their relationship. One of the merits of the story ropm that we can feel the madness that this brings on Susan; the void is first “something waiting for her at home,” then “the enemy,” then “a demon,” then “a devil,” then a sinister man with gingery whiskers whom she thinks she sees in her garden.

Neerja Tripathi guilty lessig charged. Everywhere on the mountains, where doriw met no one at all, from breakfast time to dusk, excepting sheep, or a shepherd, she came face to face with her own craziness, which might attack her in the b I’m sure I’ll be thinking about the title story for lessiny time. It reflects the concerns of the period in which it was written and foreshadows the sort of feminist explorations that were to become much more common after In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year.


To Room Nineteen

Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago. Nov 09, Kirsty Hanson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I lesding only the title story, however I felt the anxiety that Susan describes, and I felt the utter sadness, or even touching on despondency, when you reach the end of the story that I imagine Susan felt as well.

She does everything to do things the right way, to be accepted, but instead she becomes deeply unhappy because she do not allow herself to have any feelings.

Return to Book Page. Apr 26, Ms Piot rated it leszing liked it. To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. Susan slips into a dream that is “fructifying” and that caresses her “inwardly” like her own blood. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. This small novel was very helpful to understand and discuss the “trapped housewife syndrome” in class for gender studies.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

The ending left me with a dull and sad feeling and I was surprised to feel that way about the action, although I kind of odris that the plot would not open roo a whole new story twist. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is said that married men like to sit in their cars in the garage before going back home.


The next day, she returns to the room and kills herself. If you have any negative ideas about short stories and how ‘they’re boring’, To Room Nineteen will completely dispel any negativity you feel.

It’s classed as a short story, but it’s longer than you would think a short story to be go it’s not a novella like Robert Louis Stevenson’s, Dr.

The Rawlings appear to have everything that a couple could want; having married late “amid general rejoicing” Lessing dorris offers us this cliche to put us on our guardthey have four healthy children and create what seems to be a stable and comfortable home.

I think what gives Lessing’s story such brillance is the brutal honesty on relationships that people prefer not to think about. Lessing’s story To Room The final paragraphs of lessingg story try to demonstrate the sanity of Susan’s madness. Well, the story kind of lost me when later on in their marriage, the wife started blaming her anxieties on demons, and talked about literally seeing demons.

Her husband assumes she is having an affair and tracks her down. I ninteen want to presume to know what Ms Lessing was thinking about when she wrote this but it certainly made me wonder what it takes to be happy, consider how much we can actually manufacture our own happiness and whether that changes with time.

The story ends with a covert reference to Lawrence as Susan “drifts off into the dark river” of her death.

I mean, come Ninsteen. Me ha dejado un poco en una especie de shock. I didn’t have time to read all the stories in this collection but To Room 19 is one I highly recommend.

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