“the Story of an Hour” and “Desiree’s Baby”

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Faith Orji
Dr. Raynie
27 June 2010
Comparison/Contrast Essay
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and “Desiree’s Baby” are two stories dealing with women who were trapped and isolated in a marriage by their husbands. These women felt like there was no way out and that they had to be devoted to their husbands. Eventually, the cause of them staying with their husbands was death. Although Louise Mallard and Desiree are both similarly trapped in a bad marriage, their stories are different on how they died, and how their husbands treated them.
Louise and Desiree were in an unhappy relationship. In each one of these stories, these women felt trapped by their husbands and were affected by the power their husbands had over them. In “The Story of an Hour”, Louise has heart trouble; her heart condition was that she was trapped in a bad marriage. She finds out from her sister Josephine that her husband Brently Mallard died in a railroad accident. Louise starts to weep; as she goes upstairs she sits down and starts to think about life without her husband. She begins to whisper, “Free! Body and soul free!” (Chopin, par. 17). Louise is overjoyed when she believes her husband is dead and for once she finally felt free from him. Josephine comes to her door and tells her to come out. While walking down the stairs, the front door opens and her husband enters. Louise is shocked that he is still alive and then she dies. In “Desiree’s Baby”, Desiree was adopted as a child by the Valmonde family after they found her on the side of the road. As she got older, Desiree’s beauty attracted Armand, a wealthy plantation owner. Armand and Desiree are now married and Desiree gives birth to a baby boy. Desiree begins to feel a separation from her husband. Armand started to distance himself from her and their son because he realized the baby was mixed raced. He denied that he was black and tried to make Desiree think that she was the one that was black instead of him. Armand even tried to



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