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Deception In "The Storm" And "The Story Of An Hour"

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Thesis: In Kate Chopin's "The Storm" and "The Story of an Hour," the wives seem to share the foul qualities of selfishness, unfaithfulness and confusion.

I. The most common element found within both pieces of literature is that both women seem to be greatly selfish.

A. In "The Story of an Hour," Mrs. Mallard seems to be overwhelmed with joy because of her husband's death.

B. In resemblance to Mrs. Mallard, Calixta, the wife in "The Storm," is also immensely selfish.

II. The second most obvious theme throughout both stories is their unfaithful commitment to the sacrament of marriage.

A. Mrs. Mallard was never physically unfaithful, but mentally and emotionally she lost herself in the idea of her new life without her husband.

B. In opposition of Mrs. Mallard, Calixta acted upon her emotions and became physically unfaithful.

III. In addition to both selfishness and unfaithfulness, both women give the perception of confusion.

A. Mrs. Mallard's confusion begins by her first feeling "sudden, wild abandonment, " but then a short while after begins to have strange feelings of relief.

B. Calixta also experiences confusion when Alcée's "arm encircles her..." and ."..draws her close and spasmodically to him."

Deception

In Kate Chopin's "The Storm" and "The Story of an Hour," the common theme for each short story is the deception of marriage. "The Storm" involves two married couples in which one woman, Calixta, and one man, Alcée, from each marriage have an affair with one another. Calixta has a little boy with her husband and Alcée's family is at Biloxi. The affair takes place at Calixta's home when Alcée asks to stay with her until the storm is over, while her son and husband are awaiting the storms passing at Freidheimer's store. When the storm is over and Calixta's family returns home she speaks of nothing and shows no remorse. "The Story of an Hour" involves one married couple and when the wife, Mrs. Mallard, hears her husband has died in a railroad disaster she breaks down into tears. Moments after sitting in her chair weeping she begins to feel free to do as she wants now that he has passed on. As she approaches the stairs in her home the door opens and her husband stands alive and well. When the doctors arrive they say Mrs. Mallard ."..had died of a heart disease-of joy that kills." In both of these short stories the wives seem to share the foul qualities of selfishness, unfaithfulness and confusion.

The most common element found within both pieces of literature is that both women seem to be greatly selfish. In "The Story of an Hour," Mrs. Mallard seems to be overwhelmed with joy because of her husband's death. Instead of mourning in the loss of her husband, she gloats in the thought of joy and freedom. Chopin writes, "spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own." In...

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