Comparison of Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour and William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily

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Historically, women have been treated as second class citizens. The Napoleonic Code stated that women were controlled by their husbands and cannot freely do their own will without the authority of their husband. This paper shows how this is evident in the "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin and " A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner. In both stories, the use of literary elements such as foreshadowing, symbolism, and significant meaning of the titles are essential in bringing the reader to an unexpected and ironic conclusion.

The background of both authors, which was from the South, we can conclude how they could described the situations that they faced such as political and social presumptions problems especially for women at that
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Through Mrs. Mallard, we could see the social repression that women felt at that time. Therefore, in this story there is so much repression, Chopin said "They were locked into marriages" that probably loved. At least Mrs. Mallard says her husband "never looked at her save with love" (Chopin 34). In The Story of an Hour, Chopin was simply referred to the character as Mrs. Mallard –an appendage of Brently Mallard – then when she was free, she was referred to as Louise, her first name. Chopin was trying to say that marriage makes women repressed and "bends the will" (35). Even though marriage does bend the will, I assume that Brently Mallard was still a good man because he never looked upon her wife with anything but love. She knows that her husband loved her, but that is never be enough for her to feel any love from him as it says "and yet she loved him, sometimes"(34). Chopin does not seem to think that it is the husband's plan to "bend" her will to make their marriage successful. Mrs, Mallard was breaking the lens means that she broke what has tied her to her husband which is repression. It seems that she only lived (mentally and spiritually) for one hour during her whole life when she knew that her husband was dead. She went to her room and looked out the "open window" (Chopin 33). The language is foreshadowing the ironic women moment
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