In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard was carefully told of her husband’s death. She sobbed only for a brief moment then went to her room to be alone. The narrator then goes on to describe the scene she is viewing at that very moment and it all seems very peaceful and enjoyable. While staring at this scene, Mrs. Mallard repeats one word over and over again—“free, free, free!” (Chopin 100). Mrs. Mallard is free from the one thing she feels confined in—her marriage. However, the f...
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...iness. She worked carefully on her hair, penciled her eyebrows and roughed her lips” (Steinbeck 456). Elisa feels beautiful and wants her husband to notice her. Instead, when she asked him how she looked he said “nice” and then he continued with “strong and happy” (Steinbeck 457). Elisa realized then that she had lost herself along the way and both her and her husband had gotten used to the way things were. Elisa just wanted her husband to treat her like a woman and appreciate her just like the man on the wagon had. He made her feel pretty and passionate for once in a long time.
In conclusion, when “The Story of an Hour,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and “The Chrysanthemums” was written, women were expected to fill a role both society and their husbands wanted. All three women in these short stories either lost their identities or felt trapped in their marriages or both.
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