February 21, 2012
The Truth Behind their Marriage
At the first women’s convention in Seneca Falls, NY, 68 women and 32 men signed a document known as the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments. This document was drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a well known figure in the women’s rights movement in the late 19th century. The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments demanded women equality with law, education, and employment. This document upset many people especially men who believed women should be seen and not heard. Kate Chopin’s, “The Story of an Hour”, demonstrated the lack of equalities and the desire of freedom from marriages in the late 19th Century.
At a young age women were taught how to be mothers and wives, not to forget the roles that they must play in their family. The main character in “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Louise Mallard was married to Mr. Brently Mallard. She was a young stay at home wife with a troubled heart. When the narrator states “and yet she loves him--sometimes”, they describes a troubled relationship, a relationship that isn’t based on love and may be based on conformity to the surrounding society. There was no doubt that Mr. Mallard loved Mrs. Mallard as the story says that he had “kind, tender hands” and “he never looked save with love upon”. Their marriage was typical in their day and age and because of it the true love didn’t always occur.
Hearing the news of the loss of a love one is never easy and how long does the grieving process take? After hearing the news of the tragic loss of her husband, Brently, Mrs. Mallard rushes to her room to cry and let the thoughts of her husband deceased penetrate her mind. She begins to cry when she felt a since of abandonment from her husband. The narrator states that Louise “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment”, but this feeling didn’t last for long until an overwhelming feeling of freedom came over her body. She whispers...