Sorrowful Women and a Story of an Hour

842 WordsOct 1, 20124 Pages
The traditional outlook on life has dissipated in modern years. Men were usually the ones who worked to support the family and maintained a steady income to make the family financially stable. On the contrary, women were expected to raise the children, prepare meals and keep a tidy house. For most, this was the ideal life style that worked effectively. Throughout Gail Godwin's short story, "A Sorrowful Woman", the character is a component of a troubled family. Furthermore in the short story, "The Story of an Hour" written by Kate Chopin, the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard is notified with information that is life altering. A characters motivation drives a story towards the authors intended theme through the actions taken and emotions…show more content…
As her husband came home, it is no wonder that she had a heart attack. It was stated that she already had heart problems. It is ironic that she begins these plans in her head for a life without her husband, when she in reality is the one who dies and whose life is cut short. These two stories show how the traditional lifestyle of woman has changed over the course of time. They both show how troubles within the family can create problem even if it is a tragic event that sparks these troubles. In the story "A Sorrowful Woman" the reader will certainly notice how she has created the troubles depicted from the family vantage point. This idea of how lifestyles have changed is perpetuated by the story "The story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. This shows how a life altering event has changed the mindset of a woman who was rather traditional in thoughts regarding marriage and life with her husband. In conclusion, these main characters actions and emotions are supportive of the author's intentions and thus the theme of the
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