Adrienne Rich

Rookie (16 May 1929 – 27 March 2012 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Living in Sin



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Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, March 29, 2012

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  • Rookie Jasmine Chao (4/2/2008 2:15:00 AM)

    While some may view that the sin referenced in Rich's 'Living in Sin' refers to adultery, it is rather about the sin of staying in a marriage that lacks love. While the milkman is a colorful piece of evidence, it throws readers off, assuming that Rich refers to 'sin' in a literal term. The woman in 'Living in Sin' is thrust upon the reality that happiness and perfection are not always guaranteed, and pursues the adulterous consequences of a mundane marriage and life. As she cannot bear to remove herself from the demeaning and repetitive cycle of marriage, 'Living in Sin' is a woman's revelation that it is a sin to dedicate oneself to a marriage, a life, without love. (Report) Reply

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