Story Of An Hour Marriage

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In Kate Chopin's “A Story of an Hour” Louise Mallard finds out about her husband’s death and finally feels free, when her husband turns out to actually be alive, Louise has a heart attack and dies. The theme of this story is that marriage restricts people from being free. This is the theme because when Mrs. Mallard finds out about her husband’s death, she realizes that her marriage was restricting her from living her own life. Without her husband in her life, she finally felt like “spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own.” Louise is so much happier after her husband dies that “she breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.”…show more content…
In Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers want to get married and have a family, but since their families are enemies, they can’t get married. In this case, the character's are not held back by the marriage itself, but because they couldn’t marry. So marriage was depriving them of living life the way they want to because they weren’t allowed to get married. In the case of Louise Mallard, her happiness ends when she marries her husband, who didn’t let her live her own life. Although both cases are different, they both show that marriage can stop people from bliss. Either because the person they married won’t let them or because things around them are stop their marriage which they think would give them happiness. Although this story was written over 100 years ago, the theme can still relate to the world today. In the 21st century, some marriages can still be restricting. We don’t see this as much in the western world because if someone in a marriage isn’t happy in it anymore, divorce is an option. In countries that are not as advanced, like in the middle east, women don’t have the same rights as men. Marriage in these countries are normally arranged by the fathers of the bride and groom. Since there is a lot of injustice between the sexes, men dominate their wives and the union between the two people becomes restrictive for the
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