Marriage and The Story of An Hour

Marriage and The Story of An Hour

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In The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin describes what married life was like in Missouri in the late 1900s. Through veiled and not-so-veiled hints, the story insinuates that marriage is, in its nature, oppressing, and that the death of one person can be the freedom of another.

Although there is evidence that Mr. Mallard loved Louise, since it is written that his was “the face that had never looked save with love upon her”, the favor is not often returned. The moment she is informed that her husband has died she wept, whereas the author states that most women would have sat in disbelief, refusing to accept what has happened. But then she realizes that his death has signed her emancipation, and began to rejoice. In his death, Louise saw a new life for herself where she could be free, both in body and in spirit. It is only after she declared herself free in both body and soul that she is referred to not as Mrs. Mallard, but as Louise.

It would seem as though the other characters in the story knew not of her disdain for her husband. Richards, a family friend, describes the news as a sad message and made sure that the right person was chosen to inform his friend of the tragedy that had occurred. Her sister Josephine feared she would become ill after earning of Mr. Mallard’s death, and so she was chosen specifically to break the news to Louise.

When Mrs. Mallard is through crying over Mr. Mallard’s death, she shuts herself in her room. This could possibly represent that she was not free to portray her feelings and decided she had to hide them from her family and friends. It is symbolic that she faces the open window, where she can see “the new spring life”. It is in this moment that she starts looking at the life she will be able to now live. When her sister Josephine comes to the door, she says, “Open the door—you will make yourself ill” which could be an indicator that widows were expected to lose their health when their husbands died.

For all her faults, Louise is not portrayed as a malicious character. She admitted that she would cry at his funeral “when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death” and that “she had loved him—sometimes,” yet it is shown that she views his death not as a tragedy, but a miracle. She says that at most times she did not love her husband, which the reader can sympathize with since it is hinted at that her husband has been cruel to her by enforcing his will. The author adds that the intent could be either kind or cruel, but her readers can infer that cruel is meant because people can relate to having someone else’s desires pushed upon them. It is described by saying that for Mrs. Mallard “there would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature” since her husband had died. She does indeed love her husband, but loves more the freedom she has been promised.

In The Story of an Hour, it is shown that marriage is not always what it appears to be and that the journey to freedom can be dangerous. Chopin shows her readers that the love of only one partner in a marriage is not indicative of a mutual relationship.

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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