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It has been said that the internal workings of a woman's mind is truly an enigma, and that I tend to agree. At any given point, women's hopes, dreams, silent sufferings, inner struggles, and undisclosed needs may play a role in how they live their own lives and do the things that they do. In addition to those characteristics of the complex state of being a lady, becoming a mom can completely alter a woman's viewpoint on several things, as it has for me. Through the author's use of setting, symbolism, and energetic personalities, the allegorical nature of particular tales in literature give insight on the plight of women - that might be interpreted differently by different people. Myself, as a woman and a mother can empathize with all the fictional yet apparently realistic,"around" female characters in the stories The Shawl, A Jury of Her Peers, The Worn Path and Two Kinds, whereas a female who is not a mother, or a guy might not form the exact same type of empathy. From The Shawl, Rosa is pushed with the undeniable force that's maternal love, and attempts to hide Magda for as long as she can, to shield her daughter out of peril. Even though Rosa knows she will endure an inevitable grim fate, as it states in the narrative "Rosa understood Magda will die very soon" (267), she still proceeds to try to shield her kid from the shawl. The shawl is emblem of the surrounding quality of a mother's love and the way the lack of it could have tragic consequences. The descriptive aspects of the setting, along with the established character traits, like Magda's silent suffering from lice infestation, or the way the characters learn to pacify their starvation with "drink(ing) the flavor of a finger in your mouth" (267) make the narrative heart wrenching to imagine needing to encounter such horr...