Monday, February 10, 2014

Is Sheryl Psychologically Ready to Get Married?

     In The Talking Palm, nineteen-year old Sheryl is planning to get married, but she is very frustrated. Neither she nor her family can invite their relatives or friends to her wedding. According to Sheryl's fiancé, Marvin, Sheryl's associates are not religious folks (130-138).
      Yet, Sheryl or her family do not resist Marvin's demand or ask him to reciprocate. Instead, they grudgingly comply but complain behind his back.
      When Sheryl blindly obeys Marvin's demand without holding a serious discussion or calling for mutual compromise, is she setting up the stage for a disastrous relationship? Has she created an unhealthy template of how her husband should treat her in the future?
      Does Sheryl's misery about her decision to comply while simultaneously feeling powerless to direct her path show a fundamental flaw in Sheryl's character? Isn't she morally obligated to nurture her soul, which in turn will enhance the quality of her relationships? Is Sheryl mature enough to make right decisions for her good?
     What do you think? 
     By Esther Jno-Charles 

Read about Sheryl in The Talking Palm:How the childhood storms of a young woman’s life remained hidden until a palm fruit started talking

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