The Story Of An Hour And Jamaica Kincaid's Girl: Literary Analysis

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Even with the advancement of women in society, their roles and societal expectations have not changed. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” are two stories with varied elements set in different periods in history, that show the role society has deemed as belonging to women. "The Story of an Hour" was written in the year 1894, almost a century before Kincaid wrote "Girl". However, despite the large gap in the times of the authors, a common theme emerges and that is the theme of the oppression of women and the role they are expected to assume in society. During the nineteenth century, Chopin’s era, women were not allowed to vote, attend school or even hold some jobs. A woman’s role was to get married, have children …show more content…

“The Story of an Hour” was set in the era when women were expected to just be caretakers and nothing else while the story “Girl” is set in a more modern era when women were allowed to take on jobs outside of the home. Yet the expectations of women stay the same. The stories are set in different generations. It is stated that Mrs. Mallard is relatively young but she is still married and is in a different part of her lifecycle than the girl. The girl is an adolescent, not yet an adult yet she is facing the same crisis that an adult woman would face. The stories also differ in the culture and social backgrounds of the characters. Based on Chopin’s background, her characters are more or likely Creole, white, living in the south and relatively well-off. The mother and daughter in “Girl” are from a Caribbean island, black and not very wealthy. However they are both still exposed to societal roles for women. During the hundred years that separate the stories much has changed for women in the fact that they have the freedom to vote, to get an education and to work yet both Mrs. Mallard and the daughter in “Girl” seem desperate for the same freedom; the freedom to be who they want to be without society dictating

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