Louise is a woman afflicted by heart problems, which could relate her unhappiness. After losing her husband she starts to feel free; however when her husband walks through the door she dies. Louise was a prisoner of societies making, she was never given a voice. She could never explain her unhappiness because women were expected to love and obey their husband’s without complaints. Marriage to these women meant different things, although the idea of marriage damaged both women.
The protagonist moved out of her husband’s house when she started earning her own money. She was obsessed with the idea of becoming an independent woman, and she only thought that she can only become independent when she is away from her husband. She abandoned Robert her husband and her children in her quest for self actualization. Edna was running away from what the society de... ... middle of paper ... ...d and children, the protagonist wanted more from life and this led to her downfall ultimately. She strayed from her responsibilities as a mother and wife, and embraced her intense desire for self fulfillment which she never got in her relationships.
After coming to terms with the news and actually being happy about having her freedom, her husband walks through the door, the shock causes her to drop dead. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” she uses a disturbing scenario to shed light on the way women were trapped in their lives during the turn of the century. In “The Story of an Hour” “The Story of an Hour” is a tragic tale of loss, the loss of a loved one and the loss of freedom which is a key point in this story. Kate Chopin weaves an intricate tale and uses a view point that most people do not when their husband is perceived dead. The thoughts of the freedom that our main character Mrs. Mallard feels as she learns the tragic news is definitely not the emotion that would be expected but for her it truly is release.
She does not get to enjoy the freedom which she truly desires. Desperation took over her life which led to her own death. Lastly, in the story of “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa realizes there is no future in her marriage, which makes her understand her life has become a miserable one. The frustration of this woman caused by her husband soon allows her to recognize no one will ever see her as a valuable and smart person. The absence of attention which men have towards their respective women in the stories mentioned above provoke them to not reach the happiness they wish.
The story is told in the perspective of the townspeople and how they gossip about the misgivings this women experiences. “The Storm” on the other hand is a story about a housewife and her sexual liaison that ensues during a storm with a past love. All while her husband and son are stuck to endure the oncoming storm in town while said liaison occurs. These captivating stories share how the deeper layers of our desires remain unchanged throughout humanities history. Both stories delve into women sexuality on a level that I find especially unexpected seeing that they were both written during the late 19th century, a time of pervasive Victorian ideals.
The casting away of her ring symbolizes Edna throwing off the shackles of society and a loveless marriage to be her own person. She stamps on the ring, showing her distaste for her path in life and her choices in the past. Edna’s madness, and break down, show her deteriorating patience with her life and the mothering façade she wears day to day. Society views her as mad when she moves out of her husband’s house to live on her own. She breaks away from her life to set herself
John advises his wife to not think about her own medical condition at all because it would be detrimental for her mind. By doing this, he prevents her from thinking for herself. John does not allow his wife to seek any form of companionship either through socializing or through a journal, saying, “[she] is absolutely forbidden to ‘work’ until [she] is well again” (Gilman 11). Mrs. Mallard’s husband from “The Story of an Hour” is also very controlling, although we see this is in a more subtle way. The reader discovers this revelation at the same time as Mrs. Mallard.
Back in the old days, women were practically enslaved in marriages. Meaning they really did not have no rights and their masters were their own husbands. Kate Chopin author of many different short stories, wrote a few stories where the female character shows signs of her being in enslaved marriage. Kate Chopin stories have a common theme of, women suffering from enslaved in a marriage and denial of any type of freedom. To prove this, in Kate Chopin stories it shows, One women cheating and dishonoring her current husband with one of her old lover 's “The storm”.
Kate Chopin Redoan Hossain Professor Cain Comp. II Date: November 10-2017 Because of losing her husband in her middle age Kate Chopin has become heroine to selfish, stupid, and mean to readers, which as a southern woman she was not supposed to do what appeared in her creative writing. She was influenced by her society and surrounding. Secondly, Chopin has become exposed the unique local perception of race. Also, her writing become very controversial many students and scholar inspired to study her writing.
This woman is seen as a "monster" and "sexually fallen" for simply desiring to have a life outside of her family (Bressler 178). Mrs. Mallard falls into both categories. Though she feels oppressed by her husband, she stills acts as the "angel," faithfully staying by his side despite her unhappiness. However, Chopin provides the reader with small indications of the "madwoman" even before Mrs. Mallard receives the news of her husband's death. The Mallards have no children, which signifies an unfruitful marriage.