She was going to live her life the way she wanted without her husband. The reader seems to understand that she was not happy with her life because it was going to be a long life to live. Once Mrs. Mallards realized her husband was gone, she got this feeling inside of her telling her that her life was going to be full of joy and happiness without her
Mrs. Pontellier in The Awakening seems tired of being married to her husband and finds Robert more interesting. She wants to be a more independent woman, but her feelings for Robert are evident, much to the displeasure of Mr. Pontellier, causing tension in their marriage. Wuthering Heights and The Awakening focuses more on the inner workings of marriage, in relation to the marriages that were one-sided. In The Awakening Edna, also known as Mrs. Pontellier, is a married woman on vacation with her husband and kids to Grand Isle. She develops an unhealthy attachment to Robert due to Mr. Pontellier
For example, back then women had just been allowed to vote. This was a huge change for that time, and changed the course of history. Also, wives could not own a property; it all belonged to their husbands. Today, women have fought for, and acquired much more freedom in regards to rights and freedoms, such as being allowed to vote, being allowed to own property, and having more power over their own decisions. Thirdly, most wives in the late 19th-20th century didn’t have much of an education, because they were forced to stay home and take care of domestic tasks.
Another critical moment occurs when she concludes her infatuation with Robert means more than originally thought and that she would miss him dearly while he moved to Mexico (61). Then Edna also comes to the understanding that the house she lives in with her husband does not feel like home. The possessions and money that fill the house constantly remind her that she has no materialistic belongings of her own. Therefore, she decides to move out and create her own personal haven (107). With clear eyes after having relationships with three men she realizes that she actually loves only one of them and she makes a hasty decision when she cannot physically have Robert (113).
The similarities these two stories share is, they both have female protagonist who are married and dealing with emotional states of their lives- Mary is pregnant and Mrs. Mallard has heart trouble. Also, both protagonists are young women who are living in a society where it is expected of a women to get married and have children. In addition, they both show two women who eventually realize that they can handle being single and free from the societal standards in the late 18th and early 19th century. However, they also differ because Mrs. Mallard is coping with her husband’s supposed death while Mary Maloney is done with her husband’s excuses and lies. Also, Mary murders her husband by the falling action unlike, Mrs. Mallard who dies towards the end of the story.
"Then the mask said, 'I wasn't fair to your father. I shouldn't have married him"' (Carr 142). Throughout her married life, Geneva distracted herself with the facade of parties and emotional disconnection to her daughter because, at the thought of her mistakes, her brain couldn't handle it. Geneva was only able to accept reality on her death bed. The inability to accept reality is different for every human; some are able to use that as motivation to live a joyful life, while others go on with
She did not know.” The reader soon discovers, this feeling that comes to Mrs. Mallard is joy and relief, she feels this because she can now finally be her own person. Mrs. Mallard comes to the realization that her husband had been oppressing her for years, “There would be no powerful will bending..”, and she was finally free of that. Before the passing of her husband, Mrs. Mallard was scared of living a long life because of the treatment she received from him. After his passing she had a much different outlook, “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself.” This shows that Mrs. Mallard was excited to now live her own life without being told what she was to do. When her husband walked through the front door she was so overcome with sadness that her heart couldn’t take it so she died.
Kate Chopin is a feminist author who lived from 1850 to 1904, but she did not start her career until the death of her husband. Kate Chopin pieces of work focused on the females going against societal norms and taking charge of their own life. The Story of an Hour explores the thought process of a newly widowed wife as she begins to understand the full consequences of her husband's death, which means a new found freedom, but she has it taken away in the end. The Story of an Hour is a feminist response to the confines of marriage because it challenges the unequal power relations between husband and wife. I will be discussing the concepts of identity, free will, and material possession that appear in the Story of an Hour.
One may feel as if she uses this type of style to create empathy for her through her readers. Van Kleef, a social psychologist observes that “…more positive attitudes about various topics after seeing a source’s sad expressions when topics are negatively framed” (Kleef 1). This proves that by using her grandmother’s departure through her essay she provokes emotion from her readers. March states, “Mom was exhausted after a year of caring for her mother, and I was crying relentlessly—but still, we went, compelled to do something with our grief" (March 2). This quote will additionally make one feel as if sorry for the loss of her grandmother and the dreams she possesses for not only herself but for the generations of her family.
Writing helped the narrator to be happy and be productive. Without writing the narrator would be bored, and wouldn't be able to keep her mind off her troubles. Therefore, the narrator had to secretly write. Also, there were expectations from John, her husband, and society. The narrator feels as if working and being productive will help her health, “personally, I disagree with their ideas.