The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman “The Revolt of “’Mother’”, Louise Mallard and Sarah Penn are being imprisoned in an emotionless marriage. Neither one is strong enough to stand up for themselves so they are stuck until an opportunity comes to surface. Mrs. Mallard “The Story of an Hour” is trapped in a lifeless marriage and a constrictive house. Sarah Penn “The Revolt of 'Mother” is in a similar situation. Even though the women in both stories experience oppression, physically and emotionally, the conflict arises as we get closer to the end. Sarah fights towards her freedom, while Mrs. Mallard gets the help of nature.
Louise Mallard represents a self-image of a fragile woman, who’s strength, passion or any kind of emotions she has remained deeply hidden behind layers of suppression. If she ever breaks free of confinement, she will find no other society willing to take her in and Mrs. Mallard will have gained freedom just to find out that she has no future ahead. She is only freed when her husband passes away. This overwhelming joy she feels hearing the news of her husband’s death and her excitement to start a new life illustrates that Mr. Mallard did no physical harm to her.
In “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard is not allowed to show her emotions and is trapped in a loveless marriage, held down by an oath that traps her in a marriage of convenience, than of love. Symbolism is used show how Mrs. Mallard felt in her marriage. This…

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