Looking At Forbidden Joy Of Marriage English Literature Essay

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In Kate Chopin's short stories "The Storm" and "Story of an Hour" which were both published in the late 1890's, when women were to be house wives. Chopin discussed the relationship between husbands and wives; she also conveys women suppressed passion and emotions towards their husbands and their marriage. In these short stories the two wives have hidden desires in which they are unable to openly express or act upon due to societal and cultural beliefs during the time in which they lived. These two stories are alike in many ways. The stories seem as if they are unhappy with their marriages, in their lifetime women were not given much opportunity as they are today. "The Storm" commences on an effulgent stormy day in the spring with the main character Calixta at her sewing machine. She is solitary, her husband Bobnit and her son Bibi took a trip to the store for a few things. Calixta seem to be a boring woman, who is confined to her obligations as a mother and housewife. As the distant storm approaches she is not cognizant of what the storm brings her lover before her husband Alcee. Calixta sanctions Alcee into her home and opens her world to him. Unlike Calixta, Mrs. Mallard is a fragile women dealing with heart trouble. It was brought to her attention through a good friend that her husband, Brantley Mallard has been killed in a train contingency. Excruciating grief has overcome her, due to the loss of her husband. Suddenly she feels a sense of confusion. Kate Chopin suggests that in the case of Mrs. Mallard and Mr. Mallard, love was not a deciding factor for their reason to get married (Three Reader Response). In both stories the women shared the same qualities of confusion, selfishness, and unfaithfulness.

Within both stories there was confusion, both women was very confused about what they wanted in a marriage. In "Story of an Hour" Mrs. Mallard confusion commence by her prime feeling "sudden, wild abandonment," but then a little while after she commences to have strange feelings of relief. Louise loved Brently Mallard "And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not" (Kate Chopin) But was happy, with a smile on her face she was now liberated from oppression and now she is solitary, the rest of her years now belong to no one but her, without oppression. After weeping over her husband's death for a short period of time Mrs. Mallard came to realize the reality that she was not compulsorily bewailing the loss of her husband but of his death. She then realizes that she is now free and that the bondage of being husband and wife was what she no longer wanted; she didn't want the will of another coerced upon her. In that moment she was confused she didn't know it she wanted to be happy or sad about her husband's death. In "The Storm" Calixta became confused with her and Alcee relationship. The fact, she stepped out of on her marriage during the storm. Calixta son and her husband weren't home they went to the store during all the commotion. After the storm was over Calixta and Alcee went back to their normal lives as if nothing transpired. Calixta acted as if her cheating on her husband was ok and didn't have any intentions on telling him what had transpired. Calixta conspicuously does not feel that her husband should know about the affair, but concurrently, she feels sexual relations are natural; Calixta is confused with the real definition of morals.

Characteristic both women share is their selfishness; Selfishness played a role in both of their mental conceptions and actions. Mrs. Mallard selfishness occurred when she found out her husband had been killed in a train incident. Mrs. Mallard mourned over her husband but not as much as she should have; she then came to realize that she can no longer be controlled by anyone. Then commences to think, was she crying tears of sorrow or happiness. At that moment Mrs. Mallard only contemplated herself and how she felt; she felt as if she was free without him. The extent of time in which she lives, there were only two possible choices for her to accomplish much desired personal to be free, either she or her husband must die! Mrs. Mallard loved her husband but didn't want a relationship with him. Conventionally widows wonder how they would ever get over their husband, but Mrs. Mallard was able to surpass any mourning process. "She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long." (Story of an Hour 71 ). Previous to Brently's death, Louise looked at her life with anxiety, picturing in her mind years of dull, constant reliance and misery, the tremor she felt was one of dread. Now, nevertheless, she is free and independent, her life is unexpectedly worth living. Even though she once hoped life would be brief, she now prays for a happy long life. In "The Storm" Calixta selfishness arose when a storm came across her home and she commenced to be solitary and scared. She proceeded to shut all her doors and lock them. As she was shutting the door on the porch she glanced and there she visually perceived Alcee "Her ex-boyfriend" and invited him in. Alcee then came in and Calixta then commenced to get frightened from the storm and commenced to get more proximate to Alcee. She didn't care how her husband felt about her being unfaithful at that moment. "She says nothing and shows no shame."(Chopin 33) Here Chopin shows the reader that Calixta questions her attraction to be with Alcee but eventually she gave in to her selfish mental conceptions and desires. Calixta should have contemplated her family, about her son, instead of thinking of herself and indulging in such a selfish act. Calixta wasn't thinking of no one but herself during it all. 'So the storm passed and everyone was happy' (Chopin 92). Although she was scared and solitary during the storm she could've found something that would occupy her over then doing those things with her ex.

In addition to both of them being selfish and confused the most prevalent element found with in both stories was their unfaithful obligation to the rite of marriage. Mrs. Mallard was never physically unfaithful to her husband but she was mentally and emotional unfaithful. She lost herself in the conception of her new life without her husband and contemplating you living without out your husband is unfaithful. She perpetually thought her life would be better without her husband; it seems as if she wasn't happy with her marriage with Mr. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard is more concerned about her personal gain other than the fact that her husband had been killed in an accident. In contrast to Mrs. Mallard, Calixta carried on upon her mental state and became physically unfaithful with her ex during the storm. Being with someone other than your husband is totally unfaithful. She was more than emotional and mental Unfaithful. She is a common house wife is unfaithful to her husband Bobinot, with Alcee, an old boyfriend. The affair is one example of an unwanted affair, yet the destiny's temptations make it happen. The storm has brought them together and, until the storm passes they will stay together.

In the cessation both of the short stories shared a lot of similarity, with both selfishness and unfaithfulness controlling their mental conceptions and emotions which can be converted to their confusion they lose all control of the situation that they are put in. Basically it is shocking to visually perceive how effortlessly affairs are taken into thought and how the death of a loved one doesn't alter people, as it should. Nature plays a huge role two these women's lives. Mrs. Mallard and Calixta fight to find their independence; by doing so the cessations are triumphant and tragic.

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