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Tale Of An Hour By John Kasmer Analysis

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As the tale starts out, she was under the oppressive control of her husband and did not have a personality of her own. What John wanted, John got, and that was the way it had always been. The narrator was ensnared under her husband’s crude ideals, with no say in the matter, and having an imagination as well as a creative thought process was the polar opposite of her significant other. Kasmer claims that this lifestyle and sense of servitude prevented the protagonist from being able to try to express her feelings and voice her opinions to her husband (Kasmer 7). It discouraged her from being a unique individual. As you read the tale, her language and tone reflect this; constantly referring to herself as “one” which creates an eerie “…echo of anonymity…” (Golden 195). She has fallen into the typical stereotype as being intellectually inferior to a 19th century male.…show more content…
Whenever she voices a concern, he merely plays it off as nothing important. For instance, when she mentioned something was queer about the house, John simply says, “…was a draught, and [to] shut the window” (Gilman 469) Another example of the spouse not giving her opinion a second thought was when the narrator wanted to do the rest cure in another room of the summer mansion that was much prettier and welcoming than the nursery (Gilman 470). In spite of the wife’s request, the husband holds firm to his decision and sends her upstairs. The barred windows in the nursery represents the narrator’s captivity not only her husband, but by society’s overwhelming oppression towards women while the nursery represents what society thinks about how to treat a woman; they are to be treated like mere children that need constant supervision since they cannot think for themselves (MacPike 287).
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