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Christine Kennedy
Professor Kobylinsky
Eng. 102-18
February 16, 2015
Norma Jean and Louise In Kate Chopin's “The Story Of An Hour” and Bobbie Ann Mason's “Shiloh” both women are victims of a male dominated patriarchal society. These two women lead very different lives, but have the same common goal of freedom from their oppressing husbands. Both women are from two very different time periods. Louise is from the early 1900's when women were expected to do as told by their loving husbands. Norma Jean is from the 60's when women had won such rights as having a job, owning property, and equal pay. Norma Jean and Louise are similar in many ways, including wanting freedom, feeling oppressed in their marriages, and pursuing independence, but different in the ways the y seek to gain their freedom and independence. Louise Mallard undergoes many emotional changes throughout the store. First learning of her husbands accident Louise feels grief, but not as much as she feels freedom. “But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long precession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely” (Chopin p. 122). From the first time she utters the word “free” she feels a sense of joy come over her. “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “ free, free, free!” (Chopin p. 122). The joy she feels is quickly replaced when she see s her husband is alive. Louise leads a very sheltered life and is thought of as a frail women who needs to be handled with care. “Knowing Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble, great care was taken to break the news of her husband's death” (Chopin p. 120). Louise upon seeing her husband alive sees her dream of becoming independent extinguished. Unlike Norma Jean who decides to leave her estranged husband, Louise dies rather than return to her life of oppression. Norma Jean is a stunted housewife seeking independence from Leroy who was once the sole KENNEDY 2 breadwinner now to scared to do the job he has for so long. “Leroy has been home in Kentucky for three months, and his leg is almost healed, but the accident frightened him and he does not to drive anymore long hauls” (Mason p. 266). Norma Jean finds that Leroy's constant presents around the house to be smothering and she starts bodybuilding class, night college classes, and even gets a job at Rexall drugstore. To Norma Jean, Leroy feels like a stranger and feels he does not understand her