A Time For Change By Kate Chopin Essay examples

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A Time For Change
In Kate Chopin’s “A Respectable Woman”, the reader is introduced to the fictional story of Mrs. Baroda’s life. She is married to her loving husband, Gaston, but begins to experience tormented feelings when her husband’s friend, Gouvernail, visits the married couple on their plantation. Although Chopin ends the story rather abruptly, it is inferred that Baroda has feelings for Governail. This is why on Governail’s next visit, Mrs. Baroda, is going to overcome her own perception of what a respectable woman is, and pursue an affair with him. The reader is ascertained by this through the way Mrs. Baroda is intrigued by Gouvernail’s thoughts, when she unexpectedly leaves her husband and his plantation until Gouvernail leaves, and when Mrs. Baroda tells Gaston that Gouvernail can visit them again.
Baroda, through a series of emotional endeavors, defies what is expected of her in the society she lives in. It is most noticeable when Chopin says Baroda’s “physical being was for the moment predominant. She was not thinking of his (Gouvernail’s) words… she wanted to reach out her hand in the darkness and touch him with the sensitive tips of her fingers upon the face or the lips.” (245). Gouvernail confuses Baroda because he is unlike any man she has ever met. Unlike her husband, Gaston, Gouvernail, envelopes himself in his own world, and does not follow societal norms and codes. Chopin writes “He (Gouvernail) talked freely and intimately in a low, hesitating drawl”…

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