Essay1 Compare And Contrast

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In the older days it was common for males to be controlling of their spouses. Women were not afforded the same freedoms that they are today, whether in marriage or parental ship. Both of the characters faced the same problems but in different fashion, the end result was that they both longed for freedom. In the “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin many people believed that she used her own personal life as inspiration for the story. Chopin’s husband died unexpectedly and she mourned the death of her husband but then felt invigorated by the freedom she had. The two stories create a case for how women were treated during the post civil war era, with each author giving their own opinion based on social and political views.

Both locations for “The story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “A Rose for Emily” By William Faulkner were set in the south. In addition both characters had their lives controlled by men, Louise mallard (“The story of an Hour”) and Emily Grierson (“A Rose for Emily). Similarly the two women tried to free themselves from the burdens that there loved ones were putting on them. Emily had a controlling father that believed that no one was good enough to date his daughter. “None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such” (Mays 302). After Mr. Grierson died Emily was left alone, as they were the last two Griersons left of the family, she then met a man by the name of Homer Barron. “A Yankee-a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face” (Mays 303). People of the town were surprised that she would settle for a day laborer. It seemed that Emily was just trying to find someone that she could share her time with like she did with her father now that he was gone. One day Emily went to the drug store and asked for some arsenic, it seems that she went home and poisoned Homer Barron with it because she feared that he too would leave her. She left the body there in the house to decompose in a room upstairs that she had shut off to the world. After her funeral the townspeople kicked the door in and saw that it was “decked and furnished as for a bridal” (Mays 306). There they saw a decomposed body that lay in the position of an embrace and on the pillow next to him they found an “indentation of a head and from it they lifted a long strand of iron gray hair” (Mays 306). Like Emily the character in “The Story of an Hour” Louise Mallard is also trying to free herself from the clutches of a loved one. Louise feels bound by her husband, and when she receives news that her husband dies in a railroad disaster she mourns at first. Her sister was afraid to tell her of the news because she was ill with a heart condition, after she receives the news she…