The Essence Of Marriage In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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The Essence of Marriage
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin describes the moment when Mrs. Mallard is notified about her husband’s dead. Despite the short length of the story, it is evident that the role women had at the time made them feel dominated and deprived them of developing their individuality. This oppression harmed their emotional health as we evidenced in the story. In the author’s opinion, marriage oppresses women and men, even when there is love in it. Is marriage a tie of oppression for both genders, even when they love each other? Numerous movements -like feminism- conceive marriage as a way of subjugation, especially to the female gender. Women gave up their own interests to meet their husband’s desires and lost their economic and social independence. Each gender had different duties depending on its role and society’s expectations. As a result, when people got married, they could not help but fall into the gender roles that were expected from them. I consider that in the present time it is easier to conserve one’s
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In the quote: “There would be no one to live for her during those years: she would live for herself.” Chopin expresses her thoughts regarding women’s role. In this case, the life of Mrs. Mallard was taken away from her when she got married, probably causing her a heart trouble. Her husband was living her life and thanks to his death, she got it back. Nevertheless, the author also expresses: “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.” She implies that not only women are oppressed in a marriage, but men are as well. Humans are constantly trying to force their ideas into those around them, so it is inevitable for one in the relationship to be subjugated, women being the most
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