The Woman's Rose, The Necklace, And The Story Of An Hour

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The Woman's Rose, The Necklace, and The Story of an Hour

In this essay I will be comparing ‘The Woman’s Rose’ By Olive
Schreiner, ‘The Story Of An Hour’ By Kate Chopin and ‘The Necklace’ By
Guy De Maupassant. Each of these stories arte set in the patriarchal
19th century and all of them have the hint of women fighting for
freedom, for example in ‘The Story Of An Hour’, Mrs Mallard didn’t
feel free until the death of her husband, Mr Mallard; ‘said it over
and over under her breath: “free, free, free!”

Women didn’t really have a view in the 19th century; they were low
status and were thought not to have a opinion. I think that the men
thought that women were pretty objects, just there to look attractive,
have children, and if they didn’t have a maid, look after the house.
They were thought not to be fit to discuss a ‘mans’ subject, such as
politics.

All three of the writers wrote about women wanting one particular
thing. In ‘The Story Of An Hour’, Mrs Mallard is seeking freedom, and
is absolutely overjoyed when it sinks in that she has got it, ‘She
breaths a quick prayer that life may be long.’ She feels that now her
husband has passed away she can actually look forward to life and look
forward to waking up the next morning. ‘It was only yesterday that she
had thought with a shudder that life might be long.’ But now she was
looking forward to every day that would come.

In ‘The Woman’s Rose’ the woman wants the friendship of the fair
seventeen year old girl. ‘I would have given all their compliments if
she would have smiled at me as she smiled at them.’ She seems to
admire the girl. The way she describes the girl ’… fair, and rather
fully-fleshed; she had large dreamy blue eyes, wavy light hair [and]
rather heavy lips.’ She describes as if she feels like she wants to be
like her the fair-haired girl. When she got all the compliments from
the men, she loved it, she loved being pursued and being called
beautiful and a woman. The pretty seventeen year old girl and the
woman met at the party and the girl felt as if all her wishes had come
true by actually talking to the woman. Olive Schreiner narrates the
story so it...

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