Throughout the novels The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë being single or married are conditions that shape the lives of the characters. Both novels involve married couples that are dealing with a variety of problems. In Wuthering Heights, Old Cathy only married her husband, Edgar, for social and financial status. Her life is filled with old emotions and chaos once her true love comes back into her life. Mrs. Pontellier in The Awakening seems tired of being married to her husband and finds Robert more interesting.
Calixta began to worry deeply about her missing family. She become hysteric the feeling of uneasiness overcoming her. Calixta turns to Alcee for comfort but what started as a simple embrace soon turned into much more. Women who are engaged in an unfulfilling marriage like Calixta will turn to other men for comfort and intimacy.
Berkove describes this situation, “Of course, even married people who sincerely love each other have occasional disagreements and may not feel much love for the other at particular times” (Berkove 154). There is no argument that there is love in the marriage. Their relationship appears to be a normal marriage on the surface; however, there is obviously a problem, but it is revealed implicitly. The narrator suggests that a repressive force on Louise. Her appearance is described as “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength” (Chopin 1).
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).
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.
shows that although Mrs. Mallard was married, she had not always loved her husband (8). Mrs. Mallard valued her new freedom over her relationship she had with her husband enough to exclaim “What did it matter!” while she was thinking about her deceased husband and her future life (8). This makes the reader assume that Mrs. Mallard felt as if she was bound to something while her husband was still alive. The bondage is broken since her husband’s “death”, and she can now rejoice over her prolonged freedom.
In the poem “forgiving my father”, Lucille Clifton writes of a young daughter reminiscing about her father’s recent death. The daughter talks about it being Friday, it being payday. She discusses her father and how he owed her and her dead mother money when really they just wanted him to be present. The daughter feels she has had no time with her father and she resents him for it. He was not present in her life and now he has passed away, leaving her with a yearning for something that she will never obtain.
They were trapped inside their own homes and even marriages. What woman wouldn 't feel a little joy towards the death of their husband? In the story it is said that Mrs. Mallard loves her husband “sometimes”, implying she doesn 't always feel a deep love for him. Some could say that she let out cries and wails
She looks outside her family for the fulfillment of her personal needs. Perhaps her marriage became empty and passions faded with the increasing duties of motherhood. Maybe Edna was not a nurturer and motherhood left her feeling lonely and unfulfilled. Her husband compares her to the women he sees, particularly Madame Adele, who dotes on her children and worships her husband. This leaves her feeling even more lonely.
The Yellow Wallpaper In The Yellow Wallpaper written in 1894, Gilman portrays the protagonist as a victim of oppression. Oppression is defined as being heavily burdened mentally or physically by troubles or adverse conditions. Oppression is also a form of authority over someone who is in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. During the 1800’s women were subject to strict laws of society which prevented them from many civil rights and opportunities.
Although the way she was acting was not considered proper, and was not the behavior expected from the newly, grieving widow. She stated, “I will live for myself,” which leads us to believe that until then she lived for her husband (Chopin 2). The “Story of an Hour” depicts the role of a woman as a servant to their husband. As if, they only lived, breathed, and functioned because of their husbands and their role as a wife. The readers can infer that Louise’s death comes from the exhaustion and devastation of thinking that she had gained her freedom and no longer had to strive to be a perfect woman that has to abide by society’s standards.
(Chopin, p148) which caused Edna to commit suicide because she realized she was not happy without her kids and society wouldn’t accept her because she left her husband. Jaine returns back to her hometown after Tea Cake dies. Jaine at the end of the novel is looked at as a survivor and a hero. She left to find happiness, but he happiness that she found was not text book. Jaine found that love starts from within and has to be explored and sought out for.
Both arranged marriages, and love marriages have their pros and cons. Based on the definition of a successful marriage, both a love marriage and an arranged marriage could be defined as successful. With both marriages you can love and care for each other, and stick with each other through the ups and downs. But with a love marriage the individuals love each other from the start. In an arranged marriage that is not the case.
Mrs. Mallard’s conflict reflect the situation of many women in that era because women in that time that was married lived under the husband identity, didn’t have much freedom, and were trap in marriage. Women in that era stayed in marriage even if they were unhappy. Even though Mrs. Mallard loved her husband it seems as she no longer cared to be in her marriage any longer. “But she saw beyond the bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.”
Comparing the Tones of “The Story of an Hour” In Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour,” the main character is conflicted by news that her husband has died in a railroad accident. Chopin’s detail and diction portrays not only the tone of weakness but also the tone of overjoyment. The reader feels a sense of understanding towards the main character’s sense of freedom and her frightfulness of people realizing that she is happy that her husband has passed.