This essay endeavors to analyse the situation of two different women. “The Story of an Hour” and “A Rose for Emily.” The first story by Kale Chopin’s in the 19th Century penned by Mrs. Mallard who confirm her about her husband death which made her heart broken. But at the same time she thought she could be free and enjoy her life because in the old time Women was under the mercy of her husband and must obey him which affect their life. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulker with the breaking news of her father death feeling depressed and unable to do anything. Women have no rights and were under the mercy of her family.
In “The Story of An Hour” also by Chopin, Chopin conveys the emotion going through this women (main character, the women, that was not named) when she was notified of her husband 's death, but these emotions had to be concealed because it would be deemed unnatural and the women knew she would get punished. The quote by Chopin showing is, “She did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that held her. A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial. She knew that she would weep again…” (Chopin). Women were obviously afraid of being punished by people (men) who would see the women’s emotions and actions as unnatural.
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a story that happens in one hour and it presents how women were viewed in the nineteenth century. The story is about a woman named Louis Mallard, who just received news that her husband has died in a train wreck. Kate Chopin is a modernist and feminist writer of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Kate Chopin has a similar life to the character in this novel because she lived through the women’s suffrage movement and her husband died at a young age. Kate Chopin began her writing career when her husband passed away.
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).
Even though the narrator doesn’t specify that Mr. Mallard was an abusive, controlling husband, it is safe to assume that his wife did perform the same as an average housewife would have during this time period. During the beginning of the story, Ms. Mallard is shocked by her husband’s death and does not know how to cope or feel relieved. She does not know how to move on with her life nor does she know how to react, all she knows is that she is now a widow.
Which explained why she had an affair and why Anse remarried so quickly toward the end. None of them loved each other. That is how I interpreted her passage while reading the book and why I rewrote her passage as if she did not enjoy her life because she did not. My mock style approach Faulkner’s style because in the first paragraph I wrote in that style because Addie explained the real reason why she married Anse and that being a mother was the worst for her. Faulkner wrote that Addie took him, however, I wrote that she only married him because of the house and farm while she did not have much and Anse wanted to marry her so she took the chance.
ANALYSIS As mentioned beforehand, deception damages a child’s self-esteem. This situation often happens in a dysfunctional family. Initially, the narrator was seeing her mother for the first time since the divorce which led to result her behaviour fear. The narrator missed the tender care that the mother had shown to her family. However, she also kept in mind the mother’s reaction when the father approved the divorce and her threats of setting fire to herself with kerosene.
The “Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, is a short story that centers around Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard’s character changes from learning that her husband is dead to finding out that he is actually alive. In the beginning Mrs. Mallard is described as a faint-hearted wife so the news of her husband’s death had to be given gently. Mrs. Mallard did not experience the news with a “paralyzed inability to accept its significance,” rather she sobs dramatically. Her reaction displays her sensitive character.
After a short time, he asks for her hand in marriage and they devise a plan to tell his mother about their meeting for Rebecca, the woman who had been wanting to kill herself, did not believe Mrs. Scatchard would be pleased with the truth about their meeting. Although they devised this plan very thoroughly Rebecca had not taken into account the possibility that she had resembled the dream woman. She, however, did not know anything about this for she was not told about the situation nor would she be for the rest of the tale. Sadly Mrs. Scatchard insults Rebecca by bringing her resemblance to the dream woman up to Issac. Issac does not end his courtship of Rebecca instead he weds her.
“The Story of an Hour” was composed by American author Kate Chopin in 1894. The short story depicts a period in time, specifically an hour, when Mrs. Mallard experiences a plethora of emotions after receiving the news of her husband’s death, which was assumed that he had died in a railroad disaster. Considering Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition, Mrs. Mallard’s sister strives to inform her of her husband’s death in a gentle manner to prevent the risk of heart failure. To cope with the devastating news, Mrs. Mallard locks herself in her room and ironically becomes overjoyed to be “free.” However, her joy subsides as she discovers Mr. Mallard is alive after all and she dies of heart disease. Therefore, this short story indirectly emphasizes how women were suppressed in their marriages and wanted freedom, independence, and self-identity.