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Essay On Kate Chopin

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In the early 19th century the men of society were dominant, they were considered the caregivers and are responsible for the actions of their women. When a woman would get into trouble they would be sent to their husband or father to be punished. Kate Chopin unlike many women did not have a male figure in her life. As an author she still had to prove herself to society that she was a good writer. Most female writers of that century wrote under a male name so they could be published, Kate Chopin wanted to be known for her work. Mrs. Mallard searches for freedom within her life. She feels trapped in her marriage, and her husband's death is her ticket to freedom. Kate Chopin shows Mrs. Mallard’s desire for freedom through the use of irony. The…show more content…
Mallard should have been in tears but it did not bother her. “ She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.” ( Chopin, 4 ) . Her marriage aged her, she was no longer the young woman she once was. The news of her husband's death did not upset or make her mad it gave her a sense of peace. Mrs. Mallard had a taste of freedom which gave her strength.
When Mrs. Mallard finally realizes that she is free she leaves reality. “ When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free !” ( Chopin, 5). This newly free woman abandoned her life. She is no longer the old Mrs. Mallard. The freedom she has, has not set in with her yet. Her lips were slightly parted because she is preparing herself to open up to the world. Mrs. Mallard has finally escaped into the free world. women are a huge part of our society. Yet they are not given the respect and love they deserve. Kate Chopin wanted to show how women were treated and how it affected their mental stability. Women today are still a huge part of what makes the world great and run smoothly. Kate Chopin used irony to display the great desire for freedom that women struggled to
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