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Chopin and the Cage of Marriage and Motherhood<br />Haley Hawkins<br />
Chopin demonstrates the feminine struggle against the domestic cage in the follow stories. <br />“A Pair of Silk stockings”<br />“The Story of an Hour”<br />The Awakening<br />
“A Pair of Silk Stockings”<br />Mrs. Sommers’ life revolves around her children, and she never does anything for herself.<br />Mrs. Sommers’ comes to a time she has to decide between slavery and freedom.<br />
Mrs. Sommers’ conflict<br />She finds her self with an unexpected fifteen dollars.<br />She decided to spend the money on herself.<br />She knows she should have spent the money on her children, but she was selfish and spent all of it on herself.<br />
Result of Mrs. Sommers’<br />Now that she spent the money on herself, she knows how it feels to be independent.<br />She longs for this comfortable lifestyle instead of a life focused on other people’s wants and needs.<br />
“The Story of an Hour”<br />Mrs. Mallard was married unhappily to a good man until her husband was killed in a railroad disaster. She no longer had to live for her husband. <br /> This did not mean that she did not love her husband. She just loved her freedom more than she loved her husband. <br />
Conflict with Mrs. Mallard<br />Her husband death meant that Mrs. Mallard was free!<br />Now Mrs. Mallard wished for a long life when the previous day she had wished for life to be short.<br />She could live for herself absolutely.<br />
Outcome of Mrs. Mallard<br />Mrs. Mallard’s husband in the end of the story enters the house.<br />Mrs. Mallard dies of heartbreak from losing her new– found freedom.<br />
The Awakening<br /> Edna is not the mother—type of women that society expects.<br />Edna did not hate her husband, but the marriage was not one made in heaven. <br />She is a woman that wants to live for herself and make her on decisions. <br />
Edna’s Conflict<br />Edna gets a chance to live for herself. She does not want to go back to her family.<br />She has an affair with a man named Alcee, and she falls in love with a young man named Robert.<br />
Edna’s Outcome<br />Since Edna cannot live the life she chooses, she would rather die than go back to her life as a mother.<br />Edna Swims out to the ocean and drowns herself. <br />
Kate Chopin’s Main theme<br />Chopin developed the theme of the search for identity by creating complex, interesting fictional women and placing them in life like situations.<br />Mrs. Sommers, Mrs. Mallard, and Edna Pontellier all reach this moment of self– discovery.<br />