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A comparison of the story of an hour and the storm by kate chopin

They were indoctrinated to believe that the goal of their life is to serve for their husband.

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She views life as being a good wife and serving for her husband. She depends on her husband, Armand, for almost everything. Her happiness and sorrows are associated with his.

When Desiree gives birth to a quadroon baby, Armand neglects her and the child just because the child is not white. He accuses Desiree of being with mixed blood.

Having been found as a toddler by Valmondae family, Desiree cannot find enough grounds to deny it because of her obscure origin. When Armand asks her to go from his home, Desiree finds herself torn apart.

She cannot imagine any life without her husband. In utter despair she leaves with her child and never returns back. Kate by means of Desiree in the story has presented the dependence of women on her husband. Being married, women lost their freedom and judgment ability. It was their husband who decided for them.

Living in a society where women are considered to be second class citizen and with their fixed role as of daughter, wife, and mother, they had very little power to decide about themselves.

Men were dominant over women, as Armand is with Desiree. She was like a slave of him whom he used to fulfill his needs and desire.

  1. At first, she is frightened of her own awakening.
  2. Again this is significant as it suggests a new world awaits Mrs Mallard. Her life will no longer be just about being within household.
  3. She also has become suspicious of everyone. She views life as being a good wife and serving for her husband.

In the story, the protagonist Louise Mallard suffers from a heart problem which to an extent shows how much she is oppressed in her marriage. Unlike Desiree, her heart is not in the marriage. She takes marriage as a confinement and a battle of will between husband and wife. She is not satisfied with the limitations that are imposed upon her being a wife. She thinks that the end of the obligations of marriage will free her and she can follow her own desires.

Her life will no longer be just about being within household.

She can now follow her dreams to live her life as she wish and establish her own identity. In this story, Chopin shows how marriage acted as a boundary between women and their desires.

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

The roles, duties and responsibilities that the society wanted them to perform as a wife, suppressed their longing for self-identity. While her husband and son remain at a general store and wait for the storm to pass, Calixta ends up being in a spontaneous sensuous affair with an old acquaintance, Alcee. Chopin uses the imagery descriptions of the storm to show the sexual tension between Alcee and Calixta.

By the unsettling storm with lightening she shows the mixed emotions of Calixta. While she fears about the social constrictions that do not allow her to do so; her body is excited to know its birthright.

  1. In conclusion, Kate representing the different aspects of women in the above mentioned three stories is trying to unfold about the condition of women and about their wants and desire which were usually suppressed at her time. The ending of the story may also be significant as it is possible that Chopin is introducing irony into the story.
  2. No longer is she confined, trapped or restricted inside a marriage no longer Mrs , rather she is free to express herself now that she thinks Brently is dead.
  3. Thoughts like these resulted from the trauma she suffered when the man she loved failed to show up on their wedding day. The story is told through stream-of-consciousness.
  4. All the memories of Granny Weatherall helps the readers understand about characteristic and emotions of Granny Weatherall, plus the readers can interpret the reasons Granny Weatherall becomes like that.

She finds responds in depths of her own sensuous nature that has never been reached. Storm is used in ironic way in this story. The encounter between Calixta and Alcee comes as a storm which destroys all the frustrations they had in their marriage and revives their life with joy and excitement. They both are seen to be more interested in their marriage afterwards. In the last line of the story Chopin writes, "So the storm passed and everyone was happy" Chopin.

In this story, Kate shows how the guidelines imposed by the society at that time on women made them ignore their own nature. In conclusion, Kate representing the different aspects of women in the above mentioned three stories is trying to unfold about the condition of women and about their wants and desire which were usually suppressed at her time.

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Through her writing, she not only is able to address the situation of women but also expresses her own thoughts about marriage and life. Works cited Chopin, Kate. Library of America,