Edna Pontellier vs. Mrs. Mallard Essay

824 Words Oct 21st, 2008 4 Pages
In the short story, The Story of an Hour and the novel The Awakening, the author Kate Chopin uses the characters Mrs. Mallard and Edna to portray the lives of women in the 1800s. Both characters are very similar to one another, but the differences though a little abstract balance the similarities. Also the author uses nature to display both of the character’s feelings towards their dreams. Edna and Mrs. Mallard are both victims of the 1800s, they both show that by their displeasure in being married. Edna shows her displeasure in novel by frolicking around with other men, and by openly disagreeing with her husband which at that time was a social faux pas. Mrs. Mallard showed her displeasure by simply liking the fact that she was finally …show more content…
Mallard never has time to develop her feeling fully. Also Mrs. Mallard never fought for her freedom like Edna, it was given to her by her husbands supposedly death. Her short lived happiness and then sudden attack of the idea that her husband is back and all the dreams that she had upstairs by herself were to never come true causes her death. Unlike Mrs. Mallard Edna’s awakenings help her develop at a steady pace and little by little she tries to win her freedom. To do that she starts to paint, which help her define herself. Later on Edna also becomes sexually dissatisfied, and Arobin is more then happy to please her. Her life as a painter and a lover is completely different then her life with her husband and little by little she starts to break off from her life with Mr. Pontellier. Her little escapade with Robert at the beginning of the novel guides her decisions later on, her love for Robert makes her want to be free, because if she was free she would have been able to pursue Robert. The differences in both women, Edna and Mrs. Mallard are there because The Story of an Hour is a short story which doesn’t allow the character Mrs. Mallard to develop, while in the novel The Awakening, Edna develops into a complex character. The author Kate Chopin in both stories uses nature to describe their want for freedom. In The Story of an Hour the author uses the image of twittering birds and the sky to show the freedom that Mrs.

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