These two stories have one main subject in common: a want for freedom from a husband’s hold in marriage. Both of these women felt trapped within their marriage and simply wanted a way out. “Story of an Hour” begins as a tale about a woman who is struck with the devastating news that her husband has died in a train accident. However, this was not so crippling to the wife, Mrs. Mallard. Her emotions overwhelmed her.
Mallard is described as having wrinkles that “bespoke repression” to show that her voice and free will has been repressed in marriage. When Chopin wrote The Story of an Hour females had few career opportunities, and lacked the ability to vote, so Mrs. Mallard is used as an archetype of the voiceless women in marriage and society. The argument put forward shows that it is wrong that females must be without the “possession of self assertion” in marriage and life instead they should be on equal footing with males. Chopin uses the setting in the Story of an Hour to further display the power dynamics because the housewife is merely a guest in her husband’s
However, she was raised in a very matriarchal family as every woman in her family had had some kind of tragedy happen to their spouse, though this did not stop her from being raised like every other young lady of her day. "She was presented to society as a "belle", which essentially meant that she was eligible to receive proposals of marriage." (Walker) To follow with this were rounds "of luncheons, teas, and dances that constituted the debutante 'season'" She did not like it one bit and wrote, "What a nuisance all this is- I wish it were over." (Walker) Even though she was raised this way, she did not like it and even after she was married and living in New Orleans with Oscar Chopin she would hear from Oscar that their neighbors were talking to him sternly about allowing her her freedom by saying things such as they cannot believe him allowing Kate to "'go on, always in her own was' more than unusual 'it was horrible'" (Toth) Now, it would seem, we have moved away from such thoughts of women not being able to walk around by
Chopin clearly states that women felt that they lost their freedom and that they were just mere prisoners of marriage. Mrs. Mallard’s tragedy is a good example to understand that women were unhappy and depressed, since society forced them to play a secondary role, where happiness and independence cannot be achieved. Kate Chopin, in reality, lost her husband, and perhaps she wrote ‘The Story of an Hour’ to tell that she could not find freedom with her husband’s death, and that the character’s fate was the only possible way to find it, not only for herself but for most women as
Mrs. Mallard in “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin was one of these lucky few. After Mrs. Mallard finds out her husband died she is struck with a realization that would change her life forever. It is quite ironic how Mr. Mallard’s death brought his wife such great happiness and self-assertion. The literary element of irony helps magnify the tale of rebirth and death of the Mallard family in Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour.” The death of Mr. Mallard seemingly brought his wife a new life. After Mrs. Mallard finds out her husband has died due to a tragic accident, she is quick to mourn his death.
Women throughout history have been subordinate to men, being seen as a sinful temptation to the wholesome man. Even though women were allowed to vote by the time the 1940’s rolled around, women were far from equal. Instead of having a career, women were expected to be married, have a family, and become a housewife to serve their husbands. In The Second Sex, author Simone de Beauvoir, published in 1949, discusses what it means to be a woman and the hardships and stereotypes they faced. During World War II, 1939 - 1945, women were forced into the workforce due to the fact that countless men were off at war.
A Study into Feminist Consciousness of the story of an hour Kate Chopin is one of the American 's most important women writers of the 19th century .Her representative work "Awakening" is recognized for performance pioneer of feminist thought. And Kate Chopin 's life experience in the illustration of the text and analyze the historical background of the leading role 's self consciousness, uncovering American society ignored the novel of women and the shackles of a free spirit. Based on that , I agree with the claim that Kate Chopin was a feminist author. here is my though and analysis in the following: From the reaction of Mrs. Mallard when she heard her husband died. "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a
Kate Chopin, in her work entitled The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and freedom to reveal her belief that women are oppressed while Gilman, having the same view, uses symbols and verbal irony. Chopin and Gilman convey their views on the oppression of women in marriage differently. Kate Chopin, the author of The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and a widow’s independence to show her view that marriage is oppressive. Upon hearing of her husband’s death, Louise Mallard, the main character in The Story of An Hour, recedes to her room. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.” (Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman.
It was a time when woman started to fight for more rights, the right to elect and be elected, independence from the men, and more. It was unusual for women to pick up work before, due to the patriarchal structures, but woman started to pick up jobs as secretaries, nurses, and other jobs, now known as “typical woman jobs”, so it was a time of change, indeed. At this time Chopin created her story and it is often named one of the first feminist writings in the history of literature. (American Literature) In the story Mrs. Ballard seems to be trapped inside the role of a good wife, “And yet she had loved him –sometimes.”. (Chopin) There is criticism against the construct of marriage, in this case Mrs. Ballard feels oppressed and the death of her husband frees her, but it is never stated that she was abused or mistreated in a specific way.
She is the protagonist and this character has some reflection of his mother. She is depicted as a lady who is bold enough to meet the challenges in her life. She also repents for her sins. The story opens with the mother’s narration of her life’s incidents to a lawyer. She says that in her young age she was in love with a person but her family rejected him as he was not rich.