Struggles for Release

2198 WordsJul 17, 20189 Pages
The two American short stories, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne both portrays a similar theme. The two protagonists in both short stories suffer mental or emotional torture and was trap in a literary cage. In addition, both characters in the stories meet death in the end, and that death symbolizes their freedom from the world and society that was grasping on to them. A main topic of American short stories that constantly shows up since the earlier years, and is presented throughout history is the emphasis on society and how it creates emotional and mental tortures in an individual, and imparts them with a different perspective of the world. The society that people live in has an…show more content…
During Chopin’s childhood, she experienced the years of the Civil War in St. Louis, and during that time, many “federal soldiers invaded the privacy of homes and carried off neighbors for incarceration” (Bonner 111). Therefore, Bonner insist that, “With the war as context, it is easy to see how Chopin the writer could see the violation of home and community as parallels for the violation and restriction of the self in the institution of marriage” (111). Through the writings of Kate Chopin, such as in “The Story of an Hour,” the readers, especially in modern times learn of the height that the women’s right movement has reached since the 19th century. In addition, modern readers also obtain the knowledge and understand the perspective that women in the 19th century have and what freedom meant for them. As people compare and contrast the differences of the rights women had in the 19th century to the present 21st century, there has definitely been a massive change. Women certainly lost much more freedom in the past rather than today, when they start a marriage and marriage was conceived in a different manner in the past. Though America has gotten very far into the movement of women’s rights and there have been many changes towards freedom that an individual has, these cages that Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” present still somewhat exists in the modern society. Though individuals have
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