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In “The Story of an Hour,” Louise Mallard grieved deeply for her husband’s death by a train accident, but immediately she recognized that she gained her love which was freedom from her husband. May Bartram, the main character in “The Beast in the Jungle,” gave her whole life to wait for John Marcher whom she loved. Comparing these two women, Louise had a husband and loved each other, but she did not enjoy the love until he died. She more loved freedom than him, but if he did not died, she would continuously sacrifice her freedom to maintain their marriage. May loved John until her death, but she never received the love from him.
Comparing Feminist Poetry by Plath and Sexton Poetry "should be a shock to the senses. It should also hurt" Anne Sexton believed (Baym 2703), and evidence of this maxim's implications echoes loudly through the writing of Sexton as well as through the work of her friend and contemporary Sylvia Plath. Plath and Sexton's lifetimes spanned a period of remarkable change in the social role of women in America, and both are obviously feminist poets caught somewhere between the submissive pasts of their mothers and the liberated futures awaiting their daughters. With few established female poets to emulate, Plath and Sexton broke new ground with their intensely personal, confessional poetry. Their anger and frustration with female subjugation, as well as their agonizing personal struggles and triumphs appear undisguised in their works, but the fact that both Sexton and Plath committed suicide inevitably colors what the reader gleans from their poems.