Feminist Analysis In The Awakening And The Story Of An Hour

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Feminist Analysis has been evolving and adapting to all generations thus far. For various centuries, the controversial treatment of women has been an epidemic topic to discuss. In Donald Halls book, Literary and Cultural Theory he explains “feminist analysis sees texts as thoroughly social…critics can help bring about significant social change.” Feminist Analysis broadly portrays the way women are being treated. A few women still carry the burden of the stereotypes assigned to them from an early age. Furthermore, stereotypical conceptions created a sense of superiority from men making women feel unwanted. Instead, women were unable to express their feelings/opinions because everything they said were invalid to men leaving them no other choice …show more content…
These stories depict actions from women derived from the stereotypical and cultural roles women were seen to be. To this day some women still live in stereotypical households. Women are controlled by their husbands who are seen as the dominating partner. They are expected to do anything their husbands command without hesitation or thought. In the short story “The Story of an Hour” Chopin creates an image of what can happen when a restrained wife receives the news that her controlling husband is no longer living. In the beginning of the story the main character Mrs. Mallard’s reaction was “as a child who has cried itself to sleep [who] continues to sob in its dreams” (Chopin 130). This comparison to a baby shows how upset Mrs. Mallard was after finding out her husband died. It also portrays how terrified she was that her husband, the one person who controlled her life, was no longer there to give her orders. Chopin then creates a twist in the story by emphasizing Mrs. Mallard reaction when she realizes how afraid she was of her own …show more content…
Each story has a different way of interpreting the cause of their death. In The Awakening Edna is awakened to the freedom she desires by swimming. Therefore, she dies by drowning herself which shows how difficult it was for Edna to stay awakened in a society where no women were awakened. In “The Story of an Hour” Mrs. Millard dies as soon as she realizes that she is no longer free to live her life the way she wants to. All of the stories came together in the end to emphasize the way society defeated them. The authors took the initiative to demonstrate through their writing how Cultural Feminism is the way where women are treated as assets to society instead of the liabilities they can be. The female characters of the stories were all treated as minorities. They never had the opportunity to express how they felt until their death. However, their death represented their last cry for help. Even though it was too late to help, it was known after their death that the characters all felt alone in the society they lived in. In conclusion, it was too much to handle, making the women unable to take the pain they felt in a daily

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