21st century prides in the equally of men and women, so it takes a considerable amount of pondering and understanding to imagine what it would have been like to be born as a woman in the 19th century. Suppressed by the dominance of men, women were not given any fragment of opportunities, freedom or independence. The 19th century, also known as the Victorian era, was the time when women’s roles were to absurdly be submissive, domestic and dependent (Radek). While men were given further educations and choices, women were limited to living the same lifestyle, as a daughter then as a housewife. If women in the past generations have not fought against women’s rights, our generation would still be in the infamous ground of blind obedience and repression.
Charles Darwin’s work of biological difference of women and men has set the gap between male and female even more distinctive (Radek). Different from nature, women and men believed that they had different roles and duties in the society. Men were believed to be the dominant role of the marriage, and women’s sole purpose was to marry, support and reproduce. Living an utterly limited lifestyle, women suffocated from the anxious feeling of being locked. A corset, popular fashion item in the 19th century, symbolizes the constrictive lives that restricted women to even breathe freely.
An epitome of a content marriage in the 19th century was when husband was able to financially support the family while the wife supported her husband to the fullest. Since women were nearly brainwashed to serve their husbands and males, some women were not even aware of the possibility of tasting the succulent taste of freedom until they faced an unexpected opportunity.
In ‘The Story of an Hour’, Louise goes through a drastic emotional transition after hearing the news of her husband’s sudden death. Sobbing alone in the room, Louise reminisces all about her husband. Judging from her thoughts, readers can assume that her husband was not abusive or immoral, but has loved her. But few minutes later, her tears turn into tears of joy and realization. Repeatedly whispering the word ‘free’ to herself, Louise, diagnosed with a weak heart, did not handle the overpowering elation, thus the forbidden pleasure exterminated her.
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