So I sat beside her then started making a conversation with her. At that moment, I noticed that she had something hidden in her heart like a secret or something that made her uncomfortable. When I asked her why she looked sad all the time? She told me that she had an alcoholic father. She mentioned that her father was treating them badly, and torturing her mother and her sister.
Lan told Kien, “‘What a cruel time… and so very long. The war swept away so many people’” (52). When she says this she feels her own pain, but also pain for others. She knows that there are women like her that are grieving for the loss of loved ones because of war. Throughout the war Lan lost many people and she tells Kien that he is the only one to come back.
Although there is no clear statement that shows Louise to have an oppressive marriage, there are ambiguous statements about the marriage that show she feels caged. During the event of finding out about Brently’s death, Louise did not respond “as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment” (Chopin), due to Brently’s death she is finally able to let out emotions that she has held in for so many years of being a dutiful wife. Once Louise is left alone to grieve she reflects upon her feelings and her marriage. The narrator points out that Louise knows she will cry again for him when she sees his funeral, remembering his “kind, tender hands...the face that had never looked save with love upon her” (Chopin).
Liesel has a hard life, and moving in with new parents, the death of her brother, and unforgettable punishments doesn’t help her have a better life at all. One piece of evidence to support this theme is at the very beginning of the book. Liesel and her brother are on a train but suddenly her brother dies. Liesel realizes this very quickly after and sobs deeply for the death of her brother. Her mother is also very melancholy and is miserable with Liesel.
Romey gets very emotional and is sad that their mother’s chair is broken. He gets very upset that the roof broke the last thing left they had from their mother. However, Mary Call thinks he overreacts. She thinks that he didn’t need to cry over it. She says, “A sissy, I thought.
She realizes that her silence has been slowly killing her saying, "I wept…for all the words never spoken between my mother, my father, and me"(17). By not sharing their story, whether it be to one another or a third party, that she has taken away value from her life. Hiding away this experience has only hindered her life and caused her to loss her sense of identity. The narrator speaks to this saying, "Most of all I cried for those other girls who had vanished and never come back, including myself"(18). She is bringing attention to both the voices that screamed that night and those who were overcome with a deafening silence.
No clothes, but I [her mother] had brains” (91). Her reason to stopping her education, altogether, was what stuck with her for the rest of her life. Because of this, Esperanza’s mother did not take any action to continue working, because she felt shame for being poor. This is ironic as this is pointing out her
It isn’t right.” (162) as the townspeople are beginning to stone her. The fact that she is actually the scapegoat of the story is perhaps the strongest points of irony in the story. “The Story of The Hour” by Kate Chopin is another irony filled story. It is the story of a woman who finds out that her husband has passed. Mrs. Mallard upon hearing about her husbands death does not react in the usual way instead “She wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment.” The usual setting after bad news is given is one of gloom or darkness.
The biggest aspects of life a person is guaranteed to face are choices. In Kate Chopin’s story, “The Story of an Hour”, a woman receives mistaken news about the death of her husband. However, she becomes overexcited and dies due to a poor heart condition. In “Regret”, Chopin introduces an old woman who lived her life independently and alone. By the end of the story, she began to resent sacrificing major opportunities in life when she was younger.