Marriage in the 1800s Essay

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Jim Furdine February 7th 2014
ENC 1101 Ms. Dominique

Marriage Portrayed by Women in the 1800s

Marriage has been portrayed as many things throughout the years. In the short stories, The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell both portray marriage, and how it does not always bring happiness. Each story was written by a married woman in the 1800s, this could reveal and interrupt how the lives of a married woman were in their time period. In each story, the main character is woman being overpowered by her husband, then when they find out they could be ‘free’ a sudden sigh of relief comes to mind. Only to be either be mislead or to feel trapped again. The authors Kate Chopin and Susan
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To contrast, in The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin’s main character sacrificed her freedom for marriage and was accepting the life she was to continue to live. In Glaspell’s, A Jury of Her Peers, the main character, Minnie sacrificed her freedom for marriage as well, but when she was unhappy she acted on her feelings and did something about it. She supposedly murdered her husband. Glaspell’s work relates to her life, because she was influenced by her life, the short story was based on an investigation she did while she was a reporter, this relates to her text, because it acted on her feelings and life events to make herself happy as did he career as a journalist. Each outcome in the story is different. Each character’s life was changed due different actions. Their unhappiness was not solved by freedom, since they did not get the freedom they desired. Lastly, each story had a woman character that scarified her life and freedom for marriage, and their unhappiness was solved. To compare, each protagonist was suffering from a life in which they did feel they were not their happiest. To compare, each story, the main characters were unhappy with their lives, and their unhappiness was solved due to death. In each story, death solved the problems that each protagonist had, in Chopin’s, The Story of an Hour, the main character was unhappy, when she found out her husband was dead, while grieving she realized she is now free to do with
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