Of An Hour And Herman Melville's 'Bartleby, The Scrivener'

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Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”, both demonstrate the theme of isolation and going against the oppression that was around in their time. Kate Chopin’s main theme is about how married women have less freedom and are restricted in the 19th century. She portrayed it by talking about the experience in Mrs. Mallard’s point of view when, she heard her husband was presumed dead in a train accident. The way “Bartleby, the Scrivener” was written, through the use of the setting imply that Bartleby is going against something he himself cannot change. Bartleby’s action was going against the working world, by refusing to eat and participate in the economy, since Bartleby was not cooperating with anyone and protesting by himself. Compared to “Story of an Hour”, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” shows more of the theme of justice because Kate Chopin’s story was more focused toward Mrs. Mallard without explaining the circumstance of why she wanted freedom. While “Bartleby, the Scrivener” showed more detail regarding the setting of Bartleby, which makes it easier to understand that he is rebelling against the system for his belief, even if he cannot change anything by himself. Both works demonstrate the theme of isolation and resistance, however Herman Melville express the theme better because of his use of characterisation and setting involved in the story.
Kate Chopin is implying that getting marry is a bad thing because if one has an unhappy
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