A passage from the novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, “I shall have a grand dinner before I leave the old house!” (Page 108, Chopin) This passage from the text emphasizes the idea of independence because Edna Pontellier separated from her husband and was able to provide for herself. Consequently, Edna Pontellier
This shows a balance between gender roles, as well as the embracing progressive changes within culture and society. In the story “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, a third-person omniscient narrator, relates how Mrs. Louise Mallard, the protagonist, experiences the euphoria of freedom rather than the grief of loneliness after hearing about her husband’s death. Later, when Mrs. Mallard discovers that her husband, Mr. Brently Mallard, still lives, she realizes that all her aspiration for freedom has gone. The shock and disappointment kills Mrs. Mallard. Kate Chopin reveals how language, institutions, and expected behavior restrain the natural desires and aspirations of women in patriarchal societies.
Chopin writes this change as a powerful realization that Mrs. Mallard cannot help but accept. Now she is no longer pitiful and heartbroken but joyful and excited for a life free of her husband’s dominant presence. The story says for the first time in her life, Mrs. Mallard prays for a long life. Gary Mayer describes Mrs. Mallard’s new situation by writing: "Louise's joy, it may be argued, is her thought of being single, not the realization that her husband is alive"(Mayer 95). When this change occurs, Chopin expresses Louise Mallard’s new found freedom by finally using her first name rather than her surname as she writes, “Louise, open the door!”(Chopin 237).
The wife from “Conjoined” describes how her marriage has become a force unity, “Joined at the chest by skin and muscle, doomed/ To live, even make love, together for sixty years”(Minty 227). She feels as though the marriage legally unifies her husband and herself, but she sees both of them as two seperate people, indicating a loss of unity between one another. In “Answers,” the Alexis’s action towards her husband 's response shows readers the current state of their unity, “ I said, ‘We should stay together… and maybe our relationship could be better- but I have a feeling that this is about as good a marriage as two people can have, living under that same roof’...My wife didn’t answer me like I thought she should’ve. She didn’t respond”(Singleton 109). The action of not responding to him, was a clear understanding that she feels more separate than unified with Ronnie, and that living under that same roof was not going to be enough to hold their marriage together.
It was easy. No acting was necessary,” (3). This quote reveals how dynamic a character Mary is by showing how she has shifted through emotions of love and that although Mary anticipated pretending to mourn the loss of her husband, when she saw her dead husband (for the second time) she did not have to pretend in that moment. As the story, “Lamb to the slaughter”, unfolded, Mrs. Maloney is seen as a dynamic character because of how Dahl characterized the change in her feelings and her actions. These changes in feelings and actions are demonstrated when Dahl indirectly and directly characterizes Mary as a loving and doting housewife who is content to please Patrick and share time with him in the beginning of the story.
He no longer continued his relationship with Abigail, who privately terminated his sins. He is the most honest man to regret breaking his marriage vows. "Proctor: She only thought to save my name!" (pg.). John Proctor Despite his moral exclusion, he did love his wife and family very much.
. .long day which knows no night” (3). This comparison portrays death in a warmer light, as if John was embarking on an endless respite instead of ceasing to exist. Again revealing to a previously ignorant audience the rewards of selfless acts, her words could possibly intimate that through his self sacrifice, she
Calixta is ambitious and attempts to gain her momentary freedom by her own actions, where as Louise Mallard obtains her short-lived freedom only by accident, when she learns of her husband’s death. The consequences for the characters differ also. Louise Mallard is so disappointed that her husband is alive and that she will not obtain the freedom she has been longing for that she dies from a heart attack. In contrast, the only consequences for Calixta, being as she didn’t get caught is the guilt for her actions that lives in her conscious. The taste of freedom is short lived by both women.
She marries him because she is independent and the two can now be equals - Jane “is [her] husband’s life as fully as he is [hers]” (volume 3 page 281) and they both complete one another. She had left Thornfield with her heart bleeding because she knew that marrying Rochester, while still trying to discover herself, would imprison her forever. Though now she is pieced together and her love completes her as a
After leaving Logan and marrying Joe, she was very happy and seemed to be in love but soon after becomes a “trophy wife” and was just going through the motions of marriage. “No matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some… She got nothing from Jody except what money could buy, and she was giving away what she didn’t value”(Huston, 76). At this point Janie had fully accepted the fact that she wasn’t going to have love in her marriage, and didn’t really care. At this point Janie’s character starts to develope into a more independent woman who cared less about what he husband wanted and more about what she wanted.