January 9 2012
Self-Discovery in ‘She’s Come Undone’
Self-discovery, by definition, is the act or process of achieving understanding or knowledge of oneself or, in other words, identifying your own individuality. To understand who you are is extremely important if one wants to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. In reality, people struggle every day to uncover who they really are and for Ms. Price, this was no exception. Her life was not always stable which made her journey to discover herself extremely strenuous. Dolores Price, the main character in ‘She’s Come Undone’ by Wally Lamb, had many traumatic events that occurred during her life ...view middle of the document...
People in real life are usually forced by traumatic events to become independent and to uncover who they are comfortable with being.
Many people use therapy to discover who their inner-self truly is. Therapy is only a step of progression to the overall outcome of self-discovery. Dolores cried for help and therapy to discover her true self, although it was a subconscious call for help. She called her deceased mother’s life-long friend, Geneva Sweet, and it was her first step to uncovering who was really lying underneath her past. This was not so much a therapy, but a stepping stone to finding therapeutic help. Her therapeutic process really began when she was put under the care of Dr. Shaw, her therapist. During her time with Dr. Shaw, her disturbing past affairs are focused on and re-enacted since birth to replace the negative memories and phases and replace them with positive experiences. During this process she felt comfortable with her true self for the first time. “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself” (Fortgang ). Another part of her therapy was self-inflicted. She feels the need to be independent and leaves the mental institution then finds an apartment and finds herself in a relationship with Dante. This relationship wasn’t a healthy one, and once she realized this it brings her to her final stage of her self-discovery. Her relationship with Thayer causes her to realize, underneath her unfortunate past, that she is a beautiful person and is able to feel happy in life. A combination of different therapies caused her to realize that it’s okay to have a bad past and it’s better to be...