These two stories have one main subject in common: a want for freedom from a husband’s hold in marriage. Both of these women felt trapped within their marriage and simply wanted a way out. “Story of an Hour” begins as a tale about a woman who is struck with the devastating news that her husband has died in a train accident. However, this was not so crippling to the wife, Mrs. Mallard. Her emotions overwhelmed her.
In The Awakening, Edna represents desire, impulse, and rebellion. While Adele represents the socially accepted woman, she is submissive, obedient, and a homemaker. This drastic contrast facilitates Chopin's emphasis on Edna’s rebellion, and how drastic it was for the time period. “Edna's experience of self-discovery, "tangled" and chaotic and therefore "vague" or hard for her to comprehend, touches upon a core issue, of individual variation and the uncertainty involved in its creation, expression, and consequences.” (Glendening). Chopin also creates contrast in the woman’s place in society by how she depicts the characters when they’re introduced.
Kate Chopin, in her work entitled The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and freedom to reveal her belief that women are oppressed while Gilman, having the same view, uses symbols and verbal irony. Chopin and Gilman convey their views on the oppression of women in marriage differently. Kate Chopin, the author of The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and a widow’s independence to show her view that marriage is oppressive. Upon hearing of her husband’s death, Louise Mallard, the main character in The Story of An Hour, recedes to her room. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.” (Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman.
Over the years, the thought of prejudice and gender role has changed somewhat drastically. Women and men view themselves in a different way, and have made themselves known on the topic. During the 1900s, men saw women as their own personal property, property used to clean, cook, and attend to men’s everyday needs. Even though that was the case women have moved up in the world since then. The story “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell demonstrates how women were treated in the 1900s; women have accomplished so much and are accomplishing women’s rights today; the women’s right movement demonstrates a change in woman’s roles, life, and future.
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, fits into a feminist lens as the text is greatly affected by the way the characters from the book are expected to act. Each character’s role correlates with their gender, and how a person of their gender is supposed to behave during the late 1800s. Women were treated unequal to men, and because of this, husbands were very oppressive to their wives as evidenced by the way Leonce treats Edna. The characters in this book are expected to submit and act according to their gender roles; in other words, males being dominant and females being subordinate. In the beginning of the text, this is the way Edna behaves; however, she transforms throughout the book and becomes a very different person as she breaks away from society’s
The main idea of this short story is about the reflections of a women’s thoughts, Mrs. Mallard, after the announcement of her husband 's sudden death in an accident. This story connects to modern day issues because some women are actually being oppressed by their husband or significant other and feel a strong sense of freedom when they pass away. In this analysis there are four main literary devices that are used to illustrate the theme which are metaphors, irony, foreshadows, and similes. The theme that kate chopin used to idntfy the story line is a womens freedom. In this quote, “’Body and soul free!’”, Mrs. Mallard verbally recognizes her freedom now that her husband has died, and it is important to the story because it highlights her true feelings about her husband.
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.
Kate Chopin, in “The Story of an Hour” provides us how society describes Mrs. Mallard’s husband as the perfect man in marriage and by presenting the readers with a woman who is clearly overjoyed of the fact of her husband’s death. This is to describe Mrs. Mallard’s emotions as she swings back and forth from being miserable to extreme joy at her newfound freedom. Now this can foster imagination and imply as if Mrs. Mallard had a deep inner life that is not connected to the outside world of her husband or friends. This is the fact that she confines herself in her room just to discover her feelings and interests are important. Unlike the reality of her outside world which was minimally described the narrator but inside Mrs. Mallard’s mind offers something that is lively and well
Death of her husband shows that Mrs. Mallard finally has freedom. Through her husband’s death, Louise Mallard saw a new life for herself and freedom from her body and spirit. Even though it doesn’t show how Mr. Mallard oppressed Louise, there are hints throughout the story that suggests how they both oppressed each other. The author used death to symbolize freedom and happiness instead of fear, grief or sorrow. After hearing the news about her husband, Mrs. Mallard went to her room and we can see how the atmosphere of the story changes by reflecting how Louise is feeling as soon as she enters the room.
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. Women have no rights and were under the mercy of her family.