Marriage In "The Story Of An Hour" And "Chrysanthemums"

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is closely related to the story “Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck. These stories relate with accordance in their thought of marriage to be an oppressive institution. Both stories show women who feel as though they are trapped, and feel unloved in their marriage. Mrs. Mallard felt as though she was trapped in her marriage, and she lost herself. With the same feelings, Elisa Allen also felt trapped and rather unloved from her husband. Kate Chopin and John Steinbeck express the same views on marriage in their short stories.
In the short story “Chrysanthemums,” Elisa Allen is a woman who is unhappy and lonely in her marriage. Her husband is regularly attending to the cattle and the farm, Elisa is left alone with her chrysanthemums. Elisa is described as not caring too much about her appearance because she feels no one will pay attention anyway. , “Her face lean and strong…Her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man’s black hat pulled low” is an example of Elisa’s appearance and how it seems to be rugged for a woman. Elisa Allen treats her chrysanthemums with such love and car to replace the absence of which is missing from her marriage. It is proven that Elisa feels she never affects any attention when she opens up to a stranger who compliments her chrysanthemums. It is obvious that Elisa is not used to such compliments because of her following actions. After her sudden self-esteem boost from someone other than her husband, she seems to change her appearance to enhance her self-esteem. When her husband tries to compliment her as well by saying she looks “nice,” she finds it incomparable to the stranger’s compliments. Elisa sees her chrysanthemums that were...

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