Unit 6 Homework
In the early 1890’s when both Freeman and Chopin wrote of the wives’ in their stories women did not have the right to vote. Women were considered chattle (property) in the State of Kentucky in the nineteenth century.[i] Earlier but not by much marriages were arranged for women by their families. It was believed that a girl did not have the intelligence to make good choices for her own welfare. Women would go from their father’s custody to a husband’s custody never being allowed to make any of their own decisions.[ii] Early in the twentieth century women would show society that they could make good decisions. Mother, in Freeman’s story published in 1890,[iii] was sturdy and steadfast in her duties. Mother showed determination as shown in the words, “During the next few hours a feat was performed by this simple, pious New England mother which was equal in its way to Wolfe's storming of the Heights of Abraham.”[iv] Chopin’s character Mrs. Mallard was frail and repressed. Mrs. Mallard was passive as shown by the line, “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it”. [v] The authors in describing the two wives showed the women’s character and circumstance. In the Revolt of Mother, mother was not repressed as shown by the words, “looked as if the meekness had been the result of her own will, never of the will of another,” [vi]In The Story of an Hour about Mrs. Mallard, she is oppressed as shown by the words, “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression”.[vii] In these two stories one wife is willing to be meek even though she is strong while the other seems to have been forced to meekness. In the Revolt of Mother, people in the town were in disbelief that mother had taken it upon herself to subvert the new barn’s use. In The Story of an Hour the doctor believed that Mrs. Mallard had died of joy. When in truth, she was more joyful to have felt the freedom that would have resulted from her husband’s death. These...
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