The Unconscious in The Fifth Child

In Doris Lessing’s novel The Fifth Child, there are two main characters that are unaware of some, if not most, of the things they do. This unconsciousness the characters experience is what leads to inevitable conflict in the story: the distance that grows between the members of the Lovatt family. These unconscious actions and thoughts … Read moreThe Unconscious in The Fifth Child

Critical analysis of “A Sunrise on the Veld” by Doris Lessing

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, Doris Lessing crafted fiction that is deeply infused with autobiographical touches, especially from her experiences in Africa. All of her works center around modern themes such as the clash of cultures, the gross injustices of racial inequality, the struggle among the opposing forces within an individual’s … Read moreCritical analysis of “A Sunrise on the Veld” by Doris Lessing

Adultery and Divorce in the 1960s: Reading and Contextualizing “To Room Nineteen”

In Doris Lessing’s short story, “To Room Nineteen” Susan and Matthew Rawling seem to be the perfect couple, until Matthew begins to have affairs and Susan is left alone to her own thoughts and eventually goes mad and kills herself. An underlying theme that Lessing could be hinting at is how adultery affects a marriage. … Read moreAdultery and Divorce in the 1960s: Reading and Contextualizing “To Room Nineteen”