Kate Chopin 's The Story Of An Hour And A Doll House

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Long before the 20th century women were not as respected as today. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and “A Doll House,” written by Henrik Ibsen, are two perfect examples of what can happen when one tires to cadge a kindred spirit. Both women are faced with some hard times and are forced to look within themselves to figure out the true meaning of a fulfilled life. While the two come to this decision in different ways and also meet different fates, they realize they are more than just a doll or a pet to society, and choose a life of freedom over everything and anything else. In “A Doll House” Chopin’s character, Nora Helmer, is a woman with a rare mindset. Helmer believes her actions throughout the play were noble because she acted out of love, but when her husband finds out the lies she told Helmer’s biggest fear of her husband leaving her comes true; and she loses her husband, also like the character in “The Story of an Hour”. As the writers for Enotes support, when Helmer’s husband recounts his actions trying to reconcile with her and attempts to come back into her life (like Mallard’s husband as well), she realizes her husband is actually “a selfish, pretentious hypocrite with no regard for her position in the matter” (1), she also becomes aware that “she is not a doll to flatter Torvald’s selfish vanity” (1). In the play Helmer tries to explain to her husband how she feels by stating “[n]ow when I look back, it seems as if I’d lived here like a beggar- just from hand

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