Story of an Hour

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Marriage in the 19th Century

Story of an Hour Allegorical treatment of marriage in the 19th century Allegory and explain: An allegory is a story that has a dual meaning as in “The Story of an Hour.” The allegorical symbol in this story is heart trouble. She is presumed to have a weak heart. But in actuality it is a broken one. Setting 19th century explain: In the 19th century women had an obligation to take care of the children, house, and their husbands. Husbands made all the decisions for their families (wife and children). Women where to be seen and not heard. They had no say so in their welfare (clothes they wore, house they lived in, bedroom they slept in, their inner thoughts was not heard). A woman day was started the same way every day. Women didn’t have any autonomy and or independence. They were not allowed to be self-sufficient unless they were widows. Characters: Everyone treats Mrs. Mallard as if she was weakest individual in the world. Everybody knows what is best for Mrs. Mallard except Mrs. Mallard. Josephine, Brently, and Mrs. Mallard have a parent child relationship. Josephine, Mrs. Mallards, sister takes the role her of her mother and Brently, Mr. Mallard, takes the role as her father instead of her husband. Brently was a good provider, loved his wife, and was very devoted to her. He wanted the best for her. His downfall was he never asked her what she wanted. This marriage doesn’t have any sense of balance. Symbols that lead to a bigger meaning than the one that is literal: marriage, women, Marriages was one sided. No matter how good the man was he was still bad. Or how considerate he was he was still inconsiderate of her feelings. He had the final say so. She lived to please him. They didn’t live to please each other. Thought he knew best Mrs. Mallard loved her husband and he loved her. Just didn’t have a balanced marriage. Meaning that he didn’t listen to her inner thoughts and wants. Even though he was a...
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