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Consequenses Of Freedom Essay

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In "The Story of an Hour" and "A pair of silk stocking" Chopin illustrates how women face the consequences of never acquiring happiness in their lives if they follow the ways society expects them too.
In "the story of an hour" Chopin discuss how getting married can lead you to live a life of anguish. In the beginning of the short story Mrs. Mallard revives terrible news that her husband has been recently killed, she "Wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment." This intense reaction is how society would expect her to act if your husband dies. Mrs. Mallard then goes into her bedroom to grieve alone: "She could see in the open square before her house the tops of the trees that were all ...view middle of the document...

" She is looking forward to the future, she can now do things she has never done, see things she has never seen and live her life the way she wants to; no one can stop her. Her sister, Josephine, thinks she is so despondent she calls for her to open the door. This is the first time Mrs. Mallards name is mentioned, Louise. Her name being said so close to the end of the short story and after the death of her husband suggest that she is now her own person, not just the wife of Mr. Mallard. Louise is still absorbing her freedom and doesn't want to go back to everyday life yet. The narrator then says: "It was only yesterday she had though with a shudder that life might be long." This reiterates how unhappy and oppressed the felt in her marriage, she didn't want to live a dull, unchanging life. Now she is free and life to her is well worth it, she wants to live as long as possible; Louise has completely accepted her independence. She walks with her sister to the door and her husband suddenly walks in, he did not die in the accident and her weak heart couldn't take it. Being stripped of her freedom she wanted for so long was too much for her to handle, the doctor then said: "She had died of heart disease-- if the joy that kills." Everyone in the room thought she died of being so happy her husband was alive, as society would expect. By Louise not following the expectations of society and getting her immense hopes up, she dies the grief of having to return her freedom.
In "A pair of silk stockings" Chopin uncovers the desires women actually have, not just raising a family and getting married. Mrs. Sommers luckily finds 15 dollars and feeling wealthy and important, "she walked about apparently in a dreamy state, but really absorbed in speculation and calculation." She went through everything her kids need and calculated it all out, it was important to her that her kids have everything they need. She is a very good mother, always putting her kids needs before her own, that is how society expects it to be. IQ "The neighbors sometimes talked of certain ‘better days’ that little Mrs. Sommers had known before she had ever thought of being Mrs. Sommers." She had a life of her own; no one to take care of. She had every right to spend money on herself, go where she wanted, and do whatever she wanted to do without anyone questioning her. Having kids and a...

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