What Is Marriage Like In The 1800s

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In life especially, 2,000 years ago, there was a path that women were expected to take. Marriage being the number one decision and path they were supposed to endure. Today, women role in society has changed tremendously since the 1800s. Women are now a little more equal to men. In Chopin, Kate. The Story of an Hour and Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Birth-mark, two stories about gender role and marriages, show how it was like in the 1800s. Their opinion of marriage was correct even though somethings were flawed.
The Story of an Hour, is about Louise Mallard, a woman who has heart trouble. She is informed by her sister that Brently Mallard, her husband has died in a railroad disaster. The story first informs us that Mrs. Mallard, “wept at once …show more content…

“. . . While he is initially not bothered by the birthmark, Aylmer soon becomes obsessed with it and dreams that he and his laboratory assistant, Aminadab, perform surgery to remove the birthmark from her face, so that she can again be viewed by him as the “ideal” beauty she once was. Aylmer’s vast library of scientific tomes includes several works by famous alchemists, and he engages in various alchemical experiments, ultimately concocting a liquid that successfully removes yellow spots from the leaves of a geranium. When Georgiana drinks the liquid, she falls into a deep sleep and Aylmer sits by her bedside and carefully records the gradual fading of the birthmark, failing to note his wife’s death in his excitement over his “successful” experiment” (Mucha and Schoenberg 135).
Another similarity in The Story of an Hour and The Birth-mark is the time era. The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin was published in 1894. The Birth-mark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne was first published in The Pioneer in March,1843. Collected in Mosses from an Old Manse in 1846. During this time woman were not getting marriage because they wanted to be, but because that had to be and because it was expected. Even though both marriage seem well despite the few …show more content…

It is a fantasy, a dream, and “A Story of an Hour” was indeed first published in Vogue magazine in 1894 under the more revealing title of “The Dream of an Hour.” Given her dissatisfaction with the best that life has to offer her and her unrealistic expectations of absolute freedom, therefore, there is no other option for Louise expect death. The conclusion of the story follows logically upon Louise’s specifications of her deepest wishes. Chopin’s expose of the fanciful dream of Louise is richly subtle, and is an exquisite example of her remarkable ability to present an untenable view in a seemingly sympathetic way.” In “The Story of an Hour” Chopin projects with delicately incisive irony what would happen if an immature and shallow egotist were to face the earthly consequence of an impossible dream of her afflicted heart” (Berkove

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