The joyous behavior and the use of the term “free”, shows a woman who felt captive in the role of wife. 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 strong, protectors who would bring home the money while their wives were the caregivers who kept them satisfied and never left home. This lead to the oppression of women in marriages since they didn’t have many liberties and were frowned upon if they wanted to be more than just a housewife. In the story Chopin suggests that Mrs. Mallard was rejoicing her husband’s death because she knew that once he was gone she would no longer be oppressed and was free to do what she pleased. In reference to the film when Mrs. Millard shared the news to her husband about her healthy heart and that she was able to be more productive her husband didn’t seemed too pleased. He wanted to keep his wife locked away in their home while he traveled to all the places Mrs. Mallard dreamed of
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.” (Chopin, 1894, 16).
However, in reality not every marriage is a functional one. Society plays a huge role on the repression that enforce in marriage. Individuals are more accepting of marriage now and understand that every person does not necessarily want to marry but unhappy and feel trapped. Perhaps the in the "The Story of an Hour" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" the husbands might of love their wives and the feeling might of being mutual, but since it all took place in a different time period where society harshly criticizes women for not being married or for leaving the marriage they were in. Both women in the stories directly have a problem with the institution of marriage and feel like society is the one in charge of trapping women into marriage.
In addition, this gives the overall story a dark tone as the narrator plots to carry out the murder. This differs from the actions of Mrs. Mallard because she is only freed of the burden of marriage when her husband dies in an accident. In fact, she had not even realized that she felt held back by of her marriage until after her husband passed away. This is an important factor to the storyline because the reader is able to witness Mrs. Mallard realizing how unhappy she was when her husband was alive, and how elated she is knowing that she can now live her life on her
Why most women’s desires had to be repressed in the patriarchal social order? Were they happy in their marriages without a minimal freedom? The desire of one individual cannot be suppressed and cannot be controlled by others. However, women in the past society were usually being repressed their desires and even they were suffered from lacking of freedom in the patriarchal social. In the Kate Chopin’s stories, the author focuses on woman’s desire against patriarchal rules and the rediscovery of female desires.
Also, in the 1800’s men thought of women as a personal servant and the quote above identifies that perfectly. Additionally, the women in that time frame had no choice on who they married. Even if, the woman hated the man they had no say in whether to marry them or not. In feminist writers Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Stetson short stories “The Story of an Hour” and
In conclusion even though Brett does represent the shift in gender roles post war she only scrapes the surface of the huge changes taking place due to her shallow life and the way ladies of upper class had different obligations and lifestyles of the working class. Brett is still contained within a male driven world and this leads her to be dependent on men in way many women were shifting away from by getting jobs and advocating their rights. She does avidly demonstrate the social freedoms that women were now able to enjoy but the real major changes are never shown through her character. So while Brett may be a idol of the views of marriage for women and the new night life of women she is not a good representation of the changing
As such, lower class women were likely more subordinated because of their affiliation to the domestic sphere, and their inability to enter the public domain. The difference in the status in relation to women’s domestic lives are shown in the Mrs. Minnie Wright character, being subjected to scrutiny and oppression by George Henderson, suggesting that she is an “unfit housewife” (Glaspell 180). The point also made here is that women were said to be the “queen of the castle”. George Henderson’s criticism of Mrs. Minnie Wright’s housekeeping skills suggests she could in no way have been queen of the castle and be subjected to such criticism. The observation of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters’ comments about Mrs. Wright was one of empathy, and relational, by responding to the men about the tediousness associated with cleaning a house and operating a “farm” (Glaspell
The Right To Women The life to a woman is not comparable to a man. Unfortunately, today some members of society still perceive women as individuals operating under these same limited expectations. Therefore, women continue to be affected by stereotypes concerning prejudice. In Kate Chopin’s short story of “The Story of An Hour”, the Eavan Boland poem “It’s A Woman’s World”, the non-fiction piece “The Good Housewife”, and Zora Neale Hurston’s novel of Their Eyes Were Watching God, the authors argue that male dominance over women can make them convinced they are set to a lower standard. Women are blinded to the inequality they receive from society until they are set free.
She thought to herself “ there would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself” (Chopin). We can tell that she is happy about the situation because “she had been freed from a constricting marriage” in which she followed who and what her husband allowed her to do (Foote 85). Louise would be described as a modern woman in an olden age. Louise “was among that kind of women who were different from the traditional ones,” she wanted to be equal like man (Wan 167). In “The Story of an Hour” we are reminded that “women should attach themselves to their husbands,” in this case Louise did not do this with her husband ( Wan 167).