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Free Soul Free Women
Charlotte Brontë once wrote “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will”. There are many literary works that illustrate stories about freedom and how sometimes to get that freedom one needs to do something or it naturally comes. The short stories “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros illustrate this idea of freedom. Both of these stories have different characters with different backgrounds, but they share something in common. Both women have to face some difficult moments concerning their marriage and its outcome. However, Chopin and Cisneros focus on the idea of using simple objects like a window and a creek to symbolize the possibility for these two women of getting a free soul and becoming free women.
In “Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman, Mrs. Mallard that goes through a hard time with the grieving of her husband’s death. However, Chopin focuses on the change of emotions when Mrs. Mallard sees her husband’s death as a welcoming to her freedom knowing that her marriage was consuming her own life. While grieving alone in her room, she looks through a window that illuminates her life when she looks at the “new spring life”(Chopin) that surrounds and awakens the nature. However, that’s not the only thing that she starts appreciating. The window does not only represent her opportunity to look outside, but it also represents a mirror or
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