Edna Pontellier vs. Mrs. Mallard

834 WordsOct 6, 20084 Pages
In the short story, The Story of an Hour and the novel The Awakening, the author Kate Chopin uses the characters Mrs. Mallard and Edna to portray the lives of women in the 1800s. Both characters are very similar to one another, but the differences though a little abstract balance the similarities. Also the author uses nature to display both of the character’s feelings towards their dreams. Edna and Mrs. Mallard are both victims of the 1800s, they both show that by their displeasure in being married. Edna shows her displeasure in novel by frolicking around with other men, and by openly disagreeing with her husband which at that time was a social faux pas. Mrs. Mallard showed her displeasure by simply liking the fact that she was finally…show more content…
She wants to love whomever she wishes and to do as she pleases. While the images are different for each woman because they are two different individuals, the author relies on these images to get the audience to understand Edna’s and Mrs. Mallard’s pains. Kate Chopin’s message in both of these stories is the same. Chopin tries to send a message to women and to men about the oppression of women. She dislikes the idea that women are property and that they are to be kept at home to take care of the house and to be shown off like a porcelain doll. In The Awakening and The Story of an Hour, she expresses the idea that women want to be somebody and to bring something to the world. ( It is a commentary: if you want the bib. read the sctual
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