Freedom Essay

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Brandi Rappe English 12 Dr. Eastman 12 September 2011 Freedom Life for women in the 19th and 20th century was nothing but expectation and rules. Men had complete control of their wife’s entire life. Women were to support and serve their husbands. Men had such control that women could not even get a degree for awhile, this enabled women to get a job and be more independent. This meant woman could not live without a man. In A Rose for Emily and The Story of an Hour shows well formed examples of this. Emily and Mrs. Mallard wanted nothing more in life than to get some freedom and make a life for them; along with changing the view of how society looks at them. In A Rose for Emily, Emily had always had her dad support her; and was nothing more than a shadow in his life. It was his money and his home. When her father passed all she had was the house, society then started feeling sorry for her but also feeling not so threatened by her. She was more humanized and not so much on her high horse. She went through pretty bad depression, but realistically who wouldn’t when you feel that your whole life died when that person died? She then finds a new interest in town, Homer Barron; the everyday laborer. This also made an impression on the neighbors. She did not think she was too good for him and people could see she actually cared about him. People saw her marrying Homer, but it was said that Homer drank with young men. Homer was her one chance to make her own life and escape being under her father’s wing. She poisoned him to keep him in her life. For a woman to kill a man she loves and keep the body shows intense strive to gain her freedom and start her own life. In the Story of an Hour, Mrs. Mallard’s husband is supposedly found dead. She had a heart condition so her family was scared the news would kill her. Of course, when she was told she was in shock and

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