Story of an Hour vs Lamb to the Slaughter

1339 Words Dec 4th, 2014 6 Pages
Nowadays, freedom is a fundamental right for each man and woman, but it is not a perfect concept. When one’s freedom is endangered, he can do unimaginable things, especially when love is at stake or can react weirdly when he acquires it. It’s exactly what Kate Chopin, a female American author during the 19th century, did when she treated about women’s conditions in the short-story Story of an Hour in 1894, where a woman falsely learns about his husband’s death. Almost 60 years later, Roald Dahl wrote Lamb To The Slaughter, set in Great Britain, where a woman kills her husband and hide the evidences cleverly. These two short stories are not only comparative on the two female protagonists and the imagery used, but also on the main themes …show more content…
However, in the slaughter to the house, the place of freedom is completely different .
On the opposite, in Lamb To The slaughter, freedom has almost nothing to do with the theme. Of course, when she kills her husband, she is free in a certain way, but it’s only a minor theme. It would be more about betrayal like it is seen in the story. So there it is, ́ he added. ́And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course l'Il give you money and see you're looked after. But there needn't really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn't be very good for my job. ́ 
 Indeed, the fact that Patrick Maloney wants to leave her unexpectedly while she is pregnant is at least one example of betrayal. He wants to keep it low and not make a fuss because it would be bad for his image. It is almost as if he only cared about himself, while not caring about his wife nor his child and simply giving her money, thinking that it would repair everything. Furthermore, Mrs. Maloney also betrays him by ultimately killing him with the leg of lamb and also with the fact that she plotted to cover her crime.
The imagery used in this short story by Kate Chopin is very powerful. We get to fully experience the way her husband’s death afflicted the protagonist with the use of certain types of imagery. “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The…