Sorrowful Women And A Sorrowful Woman

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Women have the right to be independent and achieve more than a man ever could. Most women back in the days didn’t have the luxury of that and the reader is able to see it through, Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman.” Gail Godwin lived with her mother and grandmother, seeing their forced independence influenced her to write about the characters searching for their identities (“Gail Godwin” Par. 3). Meanwhile, Kate Chopin’s father died in a railroad accident, which made her get close to her mom and great-grandmother. While living in Cloutierville, she developed her urban ways and collected material for use in her later work (“Kate Chopin: Overview” Par. 2). Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman” is about an unnamed woman who’s …show more content…
One random day, she gets sick of being a housewife and has her husband put her to bed. Most women enjoy being a mother and wife, they just accept society’s view that a woman should stay home. She was also ready to accept her consequences of not being a housewife. Her husband would take care of her duties, he would do laundry and cook for their child. She didn’t care that she was creating distance from them. Lastly, the woman decided that taking her own life was the best solution. Most people wouldn’t even think about doing such thing, but she was unhappy and didn’t think it would get better. The woman rejected her family, making her unique to her era. She would lock herself in the room and only have them visit in certain occasions. She moved to a white room, where she decided she wanted to stop the visits. The only form of communication was, “the notes they slipped under her door. The child could not write, so he drew and sometimes painted his” (Godwin 42). The woman also hated being a mother, her child tried to surprise her with a grasshopper and she got scared. The boy also wanted to play with her and she never paid attention to him until he scratched her by accident, which made her furious and told him to go away. Both women are strong and unique because they both hate having to respond to the duties of being a wife or a mother. They just wanted to live their own life and not …show more content…
Mallard and the Woman both go through several conflicts that show the struggles women face when trying to conform with societal standards at the time in which they lived. Mrs. Mallard was living in the 1800’s where women didn 't have rights. She knew this yet she wanted all, she wanted everything a man had. During this time, women were looked as the weaker sex and were not allowed to own property, sign contracts, vote or have a job. Women were also restricted to just being housewives and taking care of the kids. This led to Mrs. Mallard’s conflicts with society, which told women they were their husband’s property once they got married. A women was a nobody without a husband since they were in control of anything and the woman couldn 't speak out with being judged. She also had conflicts with herself, such as, // As for the woman, she lived in the 1970’s and women had just gotten rights. This made the woman realized she wanted all, she didn 't want to stay home when she could be doing more like changing the world. Women during this time wanted to be independent, achieve their goals on their own terms and they were judged by this mindset. Society told women to stay home and doing nothing else besides taking care of the kids, cleaning and cooking. They also said women should love being mothers and wives, when the woman didn 't. She felt like her family was holding her back from her full

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