Beautifully, and controversially written, The Story of an Hour has rightfully held a place in the minds of its readers as a favorite for years. Author, Kate Chopin eloquently uses symbolism throughout the text of The Story of an Hour, to describe the reaction of a woman, - accustomed to being enslaved by her husband, who suddenly becomes devoured by a too short breath of freedom. In the opening paragraph, the story reveals that Mrs. Mallard has a heart condition. “Great care was taken to break to her the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin)- the presumption can be made that the shock of bad news could be detrimental to Mrs. Mallards health because of her heart condition. However, when considering that this story was written in the 18th century- when women were viewed as being weak and fragile, greater care was likely taken because she was female.
She had worked slowly and steadily over the years to be honoured as a titanic figure amidst the American poets. Her poetry candidly and boldly expresses the politics of sexuality, race, language, power and women’s culture. In Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law, Rich reveals her emerging feminist consciousness. She says: I was writing at the beginning of a decade of political revolt and hope and activism …. Even before I named myself a feminist, or a lesbian, I felt compelled to bring together, in my understanding and in my poems, the political world 1.
One of the most prevalent themes in literature and today’s society is the role that gender plays in the American family, in this case, most predominantly in the South. Most traditionalist thinkers, even today, believe that women have limited options in what they can and cannot do; to some, it is truly a “man’s world.” While written in the late 1800’s, Kate Chopin’s short story “Désirée’s Baby” contains topics of gender roles in the Southern Antebellum period that have remained relevant worldwide throughout the years. Chopin uses foreshadowing, irony, the element of surprise, and figurative language to portray the traditional gender roles for women in the seventeenth century; she also uses characterization to show the pride Armand had in himself, such as his white, male stature, which caused him to believe that he was never at fault.
Louise Mallard: the mix between independence and dependence. Kate Chopin was a free-spirit writer of the late nineteenth century known for being a pioneer of the feminist movement. She mostly tackles the issues of independence and love, especially in “The Story of an Hour” published in eighteen ninety-four. In this short story, she dramatizes the fate of Louise Mallard, who is given a glimpse of a new life when she learns her husband is gone. Chopin reflects herself in her protagonist as she is an independent woman seeking for freedom.
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) has been a long-lasting leading figure in the American literature who embodied a myriad of identities; she was a Puritan, poet, feminist, woman, wife, and mother. Bradstreet’s poetry was a presence of an erudite voice that animadverted the patriarchal constraints on women in the seventeenth century. In a society where women were deprived of their voices, Bradstreet tried to search for their identities. When the new settlers came to America, they struggled considerably in defining their identities. However, the women’s struggles were twice than of these new settlers; because they wanted to ascertain their identities in a new environment, and in a masculine society.
It’s a story about feminism, but because of the low level of development at the early stage, the feminism at that time is not the same as it now, but it’s very closed. Actually in my mind, the writer Kate Chopin is a feminist writer. The story of an hour was written in 1894 by Kate Chopin, and she did some experiment in feminist writing in this article. To be honest, I didn’t get anything when I read this article at the first time, but after several times, I can feel the light atmosphere of the feminism cause the thing what Mrs. Mallard did was not very normal at the time when Kate wrote this article. In my point of view, there are three details to show Kate’s feminism, which are Mrs. Mallard’s desire about freedom, the special way of using the women’s view and using symbolism to show Mrs. Mallard’s hopeless life about fighting for freedom.
One famous instance is Mary Wollstonecraft, who had a child out of wedlock and did not marry the father. Mary was self-educated and supported herself by writing fiction, non-fiction and translating literary works. But what truly makes her stand out was her 18th century book on the rights of women which she stated rights and liberties pertained to everyone, men and women. Another woman who vocal about women’s rights was Abigail Adams who did not hold back any when it came to expressing herself to her husband John Adams. Abigail implored to her husband as he was drafting the Declaration of Independence to not forget women who were a part of the new world and deserved a voice.
In the play Trifles, Susan Glaspell demonstrates the injustice towards women and their very basic fundamental rights, this brings the patience of a few women to a tipping point and initiates the birth of a buried movement after centuries of reticence, during the early twentieth century in North America. It is this common memory and experiences among women, which motivated few women to rise up against the male dominated Justice System, which eventually wakes up the rest of the women in the society through time. However, ironically, this movement is accomplished in a secret way and in silence against the male dominated justice system of America, because silence itself is a very powerful tool for women; in other words concealing of knowledge helps
Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is a piece of fiction written in the nineteenth century. The protagonist Edna is a controversial character, Edna rebels against many nineteenth - century traditions, but her close friend Adele was a perfect example in terms of a role of a woman, mother and wife at that time. Chopin uses contrast characters to highlight the difference between Adele and Edna. Although they are both married women in the nineteenth century, they also exhibit many different views about what a mother role should be. Edna Pontellier is not Creole, she was born in Kentucky.
in Women in Transit 151-165), they have largely overlooked arguments against the mechanism of self-scripting, which posit the impossibility of disobeying normative expectations, standards and behaviours in society. Highsmith, a key American writer of the 20th century, has been read as a champion of an identity in flux, an identity that is constantly switching facades in order to legitimise itself in a system of appearances. Writing in her journals, Highsmith believed that “…there are always two. Perhaps this wonderful, magical, creative, public and private number is the mystic secret of the universe. One can love two people, the sexes are within all of us, emotions directly contrary do exist side by side.