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Women in Peril

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From an outside view, everything in relationships seems to be wonderful. However, on many occasions, taking a deeper analysis of the women and their daily lives, one can realize the true dangers they face around their husbands. It is important to understand the reasons why the women in the following stories behave and feel the way they do. Firstly, in the story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the female character is in danger because her boyfriend wants her to have an abortion. Secondly, in the story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, Mrs. Louise Mallard is at risk because her husband, throughout years of marriage has limited her freedom. Finally, in the story of “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinback, it is the frustration Elisa Allen feels towards her life because her husband never shows admiration towards her beauty which leads her to have a melancholic and miserable life. Even though men took an important role in the stories, it is clear they were the cause of the women’s suffering and perilous lifestyles.
To begin with, in the story “Hills Like White Elephants”, Hemingway through the use of hidden symbols allows the reader to figure out in what way the woman is put in danger. The American, the male character, only wants his girlfriend to follow his desires, forcing her to believe having an abortion was the best option even though she truly opposed the thought. In order to better understand this particular scene between the characters and their surroundings, one look is needed at the following quote. The author starts this short story by mentioning: “The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in t...

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...r. Secondly, in “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard, representing a typical married women in today’s world, believes her relationship has gotten monotonous with her husband. 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. It makes them feel like unworthy human beings with trapped dreams which turn out being the main cause of their endangered lives.
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