Mary Angelique A. Auman
November 9, 2014
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin
The short story “A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin was a good example of what a single parent experiences in her daily life. Mrs. Sommers was a mother that puts her children before herself. She came across a decent amount of money but was captured by her own desires and forgot about her children. In “A Pair of Silk Stockings” the tone seems to be depressing at first then to exciting then back to depressing. The emotions were a rollercoaster. Mrs. Sommers lived in a pretty decent life, but after having kids she became more attentive to how she should spend her money and forgot about taking care of herself. When a decent sum of money showed up in front of Mrs. Sommers she felt really excited and happy. She immediately thought about what things to buy for her children that she even forgot to eat. She went to the department store she found a pair of silk stockings that suited her. She bought it and as she tried it on she felt the freedom of not having any responsibilities. As she went on shopping she bought stuff for her own and felt nostalgic for her old life and how she had been longing for it. Once all her shopping was done she went into a restaurant and the theater. After all of the spending for her desires, she rode on a cable car and remembered about the family that she totally forgot. She felt heartbroken and just wanted the cable car to go on forever. Likewise, I would want to fulfill my own desires just like Mrs. Sommers, by buying things I want and doing things I want to do. Also, if I was in her shoes I would always feel tired and be busy taking care of the kids. Mrs. Sommers was a mother whose been unselfishly working hard to make ends meet and satisfy her kids’ needs. Now that she earned extra, it was her opportunity to feel better and good about herself and how it feels to be one with the high society individuals....
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