In “The Story of an Hour”, the ‘heart trouble’ that Louise is suffering from can be physical and emotional. Chopin vaguely indicates that the marriage between Louise and Brently is unhappy and it stifles Louise’s freedom. “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death” (par. 13). Louise admits that Brently is kind and loving, and she, sometime, has loved him. Nonetheless, his control over her life and feelings makes her feel stressed and repressed. The news of her husband’s death actually rejoices her as she is regaining her long-lost freedom. “But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome” (par. 13) . Even though she is crying, but, from the bottom of her heart, she feels free and relieved. From the text, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life” (par. 5) and “Free! Body a...
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...Brently represents the disappearance of her newly regained freedom. She is going to live under the control of her husband again. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is ultimately gone crazy because of John’ ignorance and overconfidence. John’s bumptious treatment and care are keeping his wife from recovery. Both of the women suffer in their marriages as they are deprived of freedom and independence. The husbands are living the women’s lives. The culture and tradition cause the women stuck in unhappy marriages.
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