How Marriage Is Presented in "Desiree's Baby" & "The Story of an Hour"

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State how marriage is presented in the stories, “Desiree’s Baby” and “The Story of an Hour.” In “Desiree’s Baby” and “The Story of an Hour” there are two distinguishable women who are dependent on and controlled by their husbands both physically and emotionally. In “The Story of an Hour” Mrs. Mallard is restricted by the institution of marriage while, in “Desiree’s Baby” Desiree is confined to her husband because of her dependency on him. In the story “Desiree’s Baby” it shows how Armand is impulsive when he fell in love with Desiree instantaneously. It was at the same pillar where Monsieur Valmonde, her adopted father, found her and her new life begun and ironically it is the same place Armand fell in love with her, signifying another…show more content…
Mallard is unsatisfied with the limitations of her marriage, however, like Desiree, she is submissive and believes that the end of her duties as a wife will come at the death of her husband and her freedom will be given to her. Also, she experiences little or no feelings because of her marriage. This is shown when Mrs. Mallard, after hearing of her husband’s death, cries, but ironically she senses a moment of euphoric pleasure at the awaiting freedom in her remaining life. “She saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely.” Mrs. Millard is now aware of things that were not noticeable before such as: the beginning of spring, patches of blue sky through clouds, the twittering of sparrows and the smelling of the pending rain, which may signify the nature of her freedom. Mrs. Mallard would now be able to live her life outside the home and find her identity. In both stories it show how each protagonist is psychologically governed by men. While Desiree seems to experience the importance of existence because of the actions taken by her spouse, it is not until Mrs. Mallard’s husband is confirmed deceased that she comprehends a change of feelings that were suppressed. This is accomplished by the newly gained insight experienced by Mrs Mallard which shows the kind of relationship she had with her husband. This is also evident in the line, “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men

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