Marital Relationships as Portrayed in the Short Stories I'm Going and The Story of an Hour

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Love As A Battlefield

Love has always been complicated. Whether you were married in 1700 or 2012, there are many things we'll just never understand. But what if you were married in the late 1800's to the early 1900's? I believe Mrs. Louise Mallard and Jeanne can both agree that it was not easy. The short story “The Story of An Hour” and the drama “I'm Going” will show that being a wife in that era was not all about passion and perfect families, but about control and dominance. Although the stories were written during two different time periods, the modern period and the Victorian period, there were still many similarities in both relationships. Each story centered itself around a woman
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In fact, he was nowhere near the accident! Mrs. Mallard is overwhelmed with emotion, and dies of a heart attack. The relationships in both of these pieces of literature were very similar. In each story we recognize that the husband's of these women were controlling and at times overbearing. Jeanne was mentally manipulated by her husband, and his hypocritical ways, while Louise was filled with emptiness and self doubt because she had lived in the shadow of her husband for too long. Both women were ready to do things in their own way. They both wanted to be happy and have some feeling of independence and self worth. Although we did not see any actual arguments or acts of control in “The Story of An Hour”, it is conveyed through Louise's powerful words and thoughts she has while sitting alone in her room. She expressed that she felt something coming over her, that she was finally going to be free! For a woman to feel this way when she just heard of her husband's passing is very significant. It says to the reader that the relationship must have been awful. Something was definitely wrong. To use the word “free” says that she felt trapped or imprisoned by her marriage. While reading “I'm Going” it was apparent to me that Jeanne felt the same way; trapped. Her husband would not allow her to go with him, nor was she allowed to go anywhere by herself. She was to sit at home alone and wait for him. One of the main differences in these two pieces

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