Theme Comparison Essay

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Theme Comparison: The Necklace & The Story of an Hour
A short story, “The Necklace” (“La parure”) by Guy de Maupassant in 1884 and a poem, ‘The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin in 1894 are literary works that are very comparable yet are different. The two women, Madame Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard, portrayed in these literary works are protagonists who have trouble because of conflicting expectations imposed on them by society. Both Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard want something more than what their lifestyle offers them. During the time when the authors wrote these pieces, the social behaviors showed gender suppression/oppression. This essay will compare and contrast elements of content, form, and style between two
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“The Story of an hour” clearly represents the desire of a woman who wants to escape the confines of an oppressive marriage. You could clearly see that Louise Mallard is a fragile woman who was controlled by her husband and all she longs for is her freedom. When she thought her husband was dead, the feeling of freedom went through her body and soul. When she went to her room and sat in the armchair, the “physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul” (as cited by Clugston, 2010) was a clear sign that she probably had the feeling of being in prison. Louise Mallard’s grieving was clearly over her lost years of independence and her new found freedom, not over her husband’s death. She knew that “there would be no one to live for during these coming years; she would live for herself” (as cited by Mayer, 2010). She was excited. “Until her moment of illumination, Louise Mallard’s emotions have been stifled and suppressed to fit into the mold of hollow social conventions” (Jamil, 2009). Both women ultimately have the same problem, they are controlled by society. The protagonists in these stories are brought into the pursuits of desires because of the conflicting expectations imposed on them by society. The realities are those set by society and not of their own will. “The Necklace” and “The Story of an Hour” carry a theme that is common amongst women within a society that has repressed

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