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2) “In woman, personal history blends together with the history of all women,”


 In this passage, Miranda’s memories of characters like in the Cixous quote, the histories of the Day women seem to blend together as she Miranda looks further back into in time.  The passage starts with Hope and Grace and then moves  At first there is definition between the women, Miranda see Hope and Grace, two women who died tragically young.  Then the passage moves on to “the mother who ended her life in The Sound”Sound,” this is a specific action but the woman who ended her life is not specified.  Finally the passage settles on “The Mother who began the days”.  While the reader can assume that the passage is referring to Sapphira Wade, by giving her this ambiguous title, the Mother becomes a vague character that can be connected to any of the mothers within the Day family.  The ambiguous description of the fates of these different women in this passage makes the boundaries between the women more unified.  The phrase  Who is the woman she sees “leave by wind?”  Who is the one who “leaves by water?”  By not specifying the exact women who have met these fates it creates a unified history for all the Day women, any of them could have died or will die this way.  The line the blood from the broken hearts of the men” men” appears to describe the fate of Sapphira’s husband.   However it is also refers to George’s death and the cure of Coca’s illness.  These women appear to have a history that blends together, despite the fact that only Coca and Miranda are alive during the story The lack of details and the repetitious nature of the stories surrounding the Day women creates a joint history for them all, it seems as though their lives have all blended together and this history is needed to move forward in the future.


Cixous, Helene, Cohen, Keith, Cohen, Paula. “The Laugh of the Medusa”. Signs. The University of Chicago Press 1.4 (1976): 875-893. JSTOR.web. 11, November, 2014