Roselily Themes

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Alienation and Loneliness

An unwed mother in a small town, Roselily lives a lonely life. As she stands beside her future husband filled with doubt, there is no one in the crowd who senses what she is feeling. She feels no connection to the people she is leaving or to the man she is leaving with. She has no friends, although she has known the same women since they were girls together; as a single woman she has been a threat, especially when the other women's husbands made passes at her. She has a demanding job at a sewing plant, and is raising three children alone, so she has little time for anything else. The only person she feels "joined" to is her mother, who is dead. She does not think she loves her husband, and the fact that he loves her "makes her completely conscious of how unloved...

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