The Story of an Hour and the Necklace Essays

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The Story of an Hour & The Necklace Cindy Rohwer ENG 125 Douglas Goss September 8, 2012

THE STORY OF AN HOUR & THE NECKLACE 2 How little a thing is needed for us to be saved? Both short stories, Maupassant’s “The
Necklace” and Chopin’s “The Story of an
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Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” is like she is teasing the reader, as she forces the readers to fill in the blanks about what is going on in the story. I believe when they say “when the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease- of joy that kills” (Clugston, 2010) that they meant, she dies from imagining freedom and no more confinement, to seeing her husband alive, just took everything away from her, when she had just began to live. Both Mathilde and Louise feel that they have been cheated by life. Mathilde suffers from her lifestyle of being middle class. She feels she has been cheated from all the wonderful things it has to offer, “She had no jewels, no dresses, nothing. She loved nothing but that. She would have so liked to please, to be charming, to be envied, to be sought after” (Clugston, 2010).
Louise, on the other hand, is a fragile woman, afflicted with heart trouble. When she learns that her husband has been killed in a railroad disaster, she is overcome with grief, yet she feels a sense of liberation and mourns her lost years of freedom, rather than her husband’s death. Both ladies have thoughts and fantasies which may seem selfish and self- involved. Mathilde
Loisel is a discontent woman, who fantasizes about being a rich classy woman. Louise Mallard envisions in her thoughts how happy her life would be,

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