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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Wonderful discussion on identity This small novel was very helpful to understand and discuss the “trapped housewife syndrome” in class for gender studies.

I find the room, to which she escapes to be alone, represents the issue doriis girls at this time did not have a room of their own while the boys often had it. If you have any negative ideas about short stories and how ‘they’re boring’, To Room Nineteen will completely dispel any negativity you feel.

These are my thoughts on the title story only. I also felt frustrated with her, because I can only empathize with her feelings, not being able to say they are my own, but it is rather telling that this story can evoke so many emotions in just a few pages that some very long drawn out novels can never hope to tap dance near. But society demands a woman to be the one taking care of the children and the hosehold, while the men mostly are suppose to bring the money and put food on the table.

View all 11 comments. They are forever sensible the word is repeated half a dozen times and balanced; they always choose the right ways so they have managed an “abstinence” curious word from “painful experience”—they are, in fact, excluded from a “painful and explosive world.

Her husband assumes she is having an affair and tracks her down.

I read 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. Now she’s stuck trying to figure out what to do because she doesn’t actually have a lover! Such a strange world we live in. Alternate book cover 3 12 Oct 06, The briefly sketched character of Sophie Traub, the agreeable German au pair who seems to understand Susan’s plight, in so rkom as she can imagine a healthy response to it, is more significant and interesting.


I don’t 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.

He confronts her about it, she tells him what she’s really been doing One of the merits of the story is that we can feel the madness that this brings on Susan; the void is first “something waiting for her at home,” then “the dorie then “a demon,” then “a devil,” then a sinister man with gingery whiskers whom she thinks she sees in her garden. Normal life is represented by planning to deceive her husband into believing that the lover whom she has invented really exists.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

Then he suggests a foursome. For more than four decades, Doris Lessing’s nindteen has wittily and wryly observed the muddle and passion of human relations, unflinchingly dissected its truths and shown us the unique quality of her understanding.

However, while Edna Pontellier’s end is depicted as victorious and Gilman’s “madwoman” also reaches a freedom of sorts, Susan seems to succumb under her entrapment after a short-lived freedom always of sorts. This is my review of the short story: Too much of something is in itself a sickness that can drive you to madness.

The end was foreseeable and fitting. The next day, she returns to the room and kills herself. From the magnificent ‘To Room Nineteen’, a study of a dry, controlled middle class marriage ‘grounded in intelligence’, to the shocking and sharp ‘A Woman on a Roo. 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 figured that the plot would not open up a whole new story twist. During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in I cannot say much about this story as there is so much that happens, it’s very hard not to reveal any spoilers.


To Room Nineteen only. Refresh and doros again.

To Room Nineteen

There was a certain slide into contentment at the end at making a decision that was solely her own, not needing to answer to anyone else for it, and I also felt the frustration of not getting the help or support that she so desperately needed, and the fear of reprisal if she should Wow!

Due to this they had less opportunity to think and explore themselves, and were not for example able to write literaure in the same extent as the boys. Thus starts a divide between the couple. All artists have some kind of creative inner refuge, which satisfies and is restorative, even transformative when it is productive.

It is said that married men like to sit in their ddoris in the garage before going back home.

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Retrieved December 23, from Encyclopedia. All three levels are hinted yo in the opening paragraph, where the narrator intrudes into the fiction to make the apparently reliable observation that “this is a story” about “a failure roo, intelligence.

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 He thinks she’s having an affair. But how will Susan respond?

Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer leesing, Lessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. She is oppressed and her emotional space is pressurised by this monster, who is a creation of her guilt and resentment, of the ‘aridity’ she can’t fathom.

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. When she becomes irrational and even mad she can no longer function as wife, mother, or anything else. Nov 24, Urwa Shoaib rated it liked it.

Susan will find out The protagonist is just a product of society.

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