Women and Marriage in Kate Chopin's Stories
An analysis of the representation of male/female relationships and marriage in Kate Chopin's "The Storm," "Desiree's Baby" and "The Story of an Hour".
# 153715 | 796 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 |
Published on Oct 30, 2013 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Marriage) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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The paper analyzes the theme of marriage and male/female relationships in the stories, "The Storm," "Desiree's Baby" and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. The paper identifies the differences in the representation of male/female relationships and marriage in these works and shows how the male/female relationship and marriage were deadly during the era in which these works were written. The paper also highlights how once the women became free from their constraining roles, they were able to live and enjoy life.
From the Paper:The first story, "The Storm," illustrates marriage and male/female relationships in a certain manner. Marriage is illustrated through the characters Alcee and Clarisse. However, he also has a male/female relationship that is revealed through his interaction with Calixta. The classic view of women in society during the Antebellum Era is identified. Yet, the story goes beyond the traditional view to reveal the fact that not all women were submissive to the constraints of their marriage. Clarisse desired and actively requested time away from their marriage. Calixta illustrated that all women were not submissive in their marriage by committing adultery with Alcee. The scene may be illustrated through the section of the story that reads, "When he touched her breasts they gave themselves up in quivering ecstasy, inviting his lips. Her mouth was a fountain of delight. And when hepossessed her, they seemed to swoon together at the very borderland of life's mystery." (Chopin. "The Storm)
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kate Chopin. "Desiree's Baby." Complete Novels and Stories. Ed. Sandra M. Gilbert. New York: Library of America, 2002. 242-247.
- Kate Chopin. "The Storm." Complete Novels and Stories. Ed. Sandra M. Gilbert. New York: Library of America, 2002. 926-931.
- Kate Chopin. "The Story of an Hour." Complete Novels and Stories. Ed. Sandra M. Gilbert. New York: Library of America, 2002. 756-758.
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