Most of them are informed by the experiences that she goes through in her life. For example, her husband would not let her access decent birth control. This implies that the protagonist was forced to bear children that she was probably not ready to raise. Bernice also experiences extremely violent rapes in her marriage. This is a proof that the author wishes to highlight the significance of poor backgrounds on the future lives of people. The author also suggests that existing welfare policies are ineffective because they do not help vulnerable women (Raphael, 2000).
The book has intense explanations on the issue of dysfunctional relations in family setups. There are suggestions in the book that people are fearful of addressing their issues in marriages. Later, they blame the problems that they encounter in abusive relations on poverty (Raphael, 2000).
The aspect of poverty is a significant sociological phenomenon that the book also focuses on. In the book, poverty increases the vulnerability that women are exposed to. Poverty is not the chief cause of women leading pathetic lives but has a significant contribution. Bernice was poor but her spouse made the most contributions in destroying her life as a woman (Raphael, 2000).
I liked the fact that Raphael creates a character who was so real and in turn succeeds in delivery of all the messages that the book wishes to explore. The vulnerability of this protagonist is not a hindrance to self-liberation. In the book, she struggles to get a job on several instances and she seems to be unsuccessful each time she tries. The sabotage on her efforts to get a job is applicable to several women (Raphael, 2000).
I liked the transparency in the entire narration of the book. The author does not seem to be interested in protecting any party that is guilty of battering women. The book attempts to discourage people especially men from abusing