Marriage Is Compromising
Marriage is about two persons placing themselves in a relationship they are truly committed to. Jenny Franchot claims that, “Compromise in a marriage is essential to maintain a happy relationship. Without compromise, one spouse will generally feel subjugated and may grow increasingly bitter of his or her partner.” Compromise from both spouses is extremely important for a marriage to work. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Like a Bad Dream” by Henrich Boll both deal with marriage and commitment. Both stories take their own course, but they are effective examples that illustrate the claim about marriage made by Franchot. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin proves that marriage, without compromise, will make one spouse feel enslaved to his or her partner. This story is about Mrs. Mallard finding out her husband died, and figuring out she has repressed feeling for her husband. That is why Once Ms. Mallard is told by her sister, about her husband’s death, she whispers, “Free! Body and soul free!” (8). Here we can see that she hated how her compromise and obligations made her feel enslaved to her husband. When Mrs. Mallard is in her room contemplating her future, she thinks, “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years: she would live for herself” (8). This passage indicates that Ms. Mallard was feeling liberated from her psychological subjugation, and compromise to her husband. Chopin wrote, “What could love … count for in face of this possession of self assertion which she [Mrs. Mallard] suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!” (8). This description directs the reader to Mrs. Mallards self assertiveness since the love for her husband, was less of value than her own happiness. This story is an effective example of the claim made by Jenny Franchot because it shows how there was no compromise from Ms. Mallard’s side because she felt subjugated in her relationship, plus she was self assertive...
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