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"A Pair Pf Silk Stockings" Written By Kate Chopin.

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The Battle to Break FreeIn "A Pair pf Silk Stockings" written by Kate Chopin, the main character is Mrs. Sommers. She is a middle aged white woman who lives with her four children and husband. Throughout the story she is not very well do and she has to make due with what she has. As we read the story we realize what problems she faces and how she overcomes them. In "The Battle with Mr. Covey" written by Frederick the main character is Frederick Douglass. He is a middle aged black man who is a slave to Master Thomas, but is being "rented" by Mr. Covey. As we read this story, we will see how far a man goes to save his life, and how he overcame the things that were holding him back. In these two stories, the two characters undergo similar events. Although in the end, they both break free from the chains holding them back, and solve their problems at hand.Mrs. Sommers is not a very well to do woman, but once was. "The neighbors sometimes talked of certain "better days" that little Mrs. Sommers had known before a she had ever thought of being Mrs. Sommers" (Chopin, 438). Mrs. Sommers was probably wealthy when she lived with her parents, but she may have fallen in love and became Mrs. Sommers, and her better days might have changed. One day, she finds herself in a very peculiar situation. She finds fifteen dollars in the bottom of her purse and has no idea whatsoever who it belongs to or how it got there. She was very excited that she found the money, and doesn't know what to do with it. "She did not want to act hastily, to do anything she might afterward regret. But it was during the still hours of the night when she lay awake revolving plans in her mind that she seemed to see her way clearly to the proper and judicious use of the money." (Chopin, 437) In this quote Chopin clearly describes how excited Mrs. Sommers is, that she lay awake to decide how to spend the money. This tells the reader that Mrs. Sommers is not very well to do, and is so happy that she found the money, she wants to spend it in a way which would help her family. She doesn't want to just blow the money on unnecessary things. She then decides to spend the money on her four children who need new clothes for she has been darning theirs for quite some time, and believes they deserve new ones. She also decides to buy stockings and other necessities. But the next day, when she goes out, she does the exact opposite of what she planed to do. She ends up spending all of the money on herself buying a new pair of boots, lunch, a pair of gloves and a pair of silk stockings, which she says they "...glide serpent-like through her fingers." (Chopin, 438) Chopin describes how the silk stockings are so overwhelming that Mrs. Sommers must buy them. The part about the serpent in the quote can represent something evil, or even a wrong doing. Although it can mean a wrong doing, Mrs. Sommers gives into her desires and gets what she wants.Mr. Frederick Douglass was a man who was a slave, he had no...

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