Next, consider the trade-off: Roselily's old life with her new life after marriage.
Consider also Roselily's name, especially the opposing symbolisms of the flowers: the rose (usually the red rose springs to mind) and its associations with love, passion, blood, life, maturity; and the lily and its associations with death, sterility, purity. It's a schizoid name, a contradiction, and this points out the stalemate Roselily faces now in life too.
One key moment in the text tries to express a frustrating confusion about life:
She wants to live for once. But doesn't quite know what that means. Wonders if she has ever done it. If she ever will. (8)How does one "live" in a world of structures such as the ones Roselily is trying to negotiate (especially being a poor black woman)? Being the wife of a Chicago Muslim is obviously not the "answer" because of the doomed tone of this. It seems a better answer for now, a preferable structure. So you choose one that gives you more options or seemingly better ones, even though in your heart you know that it's not the answer.
"Alice Walker." http://www.luminarium.org/contemporary/alicew/.
Walker, Alice. "Roselily." In Love and Trouble. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub., 1973. 3-9.