Louise Mallarad

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What makes women and men think they are ready for commitment? Of all the persons women have dated and could have possibly married, what makes that one man so special? Well, most women tend to fall for how men make them feel in that moment, not questioning if it will be that same way years from that very moment. Majority women will end up with a divorce if they go on thinking that way. A close examination of the way Delia Jones, the protagonist of Sweat, and Louise Mallard, the protagonist of The Story of an Hour, react to their encounters with two women that author Kate Chopin and Zora Neale Hurston uses both short stories to tell similar stories about unhappy marriages. Most importantly, Delia is a hard working woman and most of her hard…show more content…
Louise Mallarad is a very selfish, self-centered person. She only thinks about herself. Every person that is taking care of her at her need are caring for her while she is only thinking of herself. Louise’s husband was said to be dead and with the sad news being given, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance” (Chopin 516). People are bearing with Louise to help her and she decides to go into a room alone. Yet again, only thinking of herself. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She had no one follow her” (Chopin 516). Louise is in an unhappy marriage as well. “And yet she had loved him – sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!” (Chopin 517). She deals with it in a bitter way. She always described him as being generous and nice but the way she felt after life came crashing down on her said different. “‘Free! Body and soul free!’ she kept whispering” (Chopin 517) Louise was said to be ill in the beginning. “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin 516). While Louise become more and more ill, she tends to drift off more as the story progresses. With Louise being sick, she wants to be alone while she is slowly fading away. She is reminiscing on her childhood while facing reality. At one moment, she then knew her time was coming. “She did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that held her” (Chopin 517). Louise knew she had lived her life in bitterness, even if she wanted to change things it was then too late. Louise had died of
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