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Representations of Marriage in American Literature Eric Anderson ENG125 Julie Pal-Agrawal June 6, 2011 Representations of Marriage in American Literature In the course of exploring American literature it was interesting to see how marriage is represented. This is especially true of two stories in particular, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Story of an Hour. Both of these two stories are staples of American literature and have been read and analyzed many times over. The analysis of how these two stories present marriage to readers is very interesting; some of us may even be able to relate to one or both of the protagonist characters. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty introduces us to none other than Walter Mitty; we will explore his relationship with Ms. Mitty and draw a conclusion about how the story represents marriage. In The Story of an Hour we will meet Ms. Mallard or Louise, as we will come to know her; we will see changes in her that reflect and present to us a picture of her life, and how she feels about it can be used to draw conclusion about the her marriage to Brently. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Story of an Hour both present us with marriages in which one party is dominant over the other; both Walter Mitty and Ms. Mallard see the prospect of returning to their marriages, which seem to be a source of conflict for both characters, and mundane lives akin to death. The question for both Walter Mitty and Louise becomes whether they can return to their regular lives, and marriages that both seem very unhappy with, in order to maintain the status quo. In the Secret Life of Walter Mitty the protagonist character, Walter Mitty is in a marriage with what most would consider an overly dominating wife. It is this dominance Ms. Mitty has over Walter Mitty that leads to a sense of inferiority; an inferiority that leads Walter Mitty

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