Marriage And Gender Essay

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Gender Role and/or Marriage Edmond Dowling Jr. ENG 125 Instructor Dr. Elisabeth Heard July 18, 2011 The theme seen in the two stories that I will discuss is dealing with the male and female gender. The literature shows a comparison with how men and women relate to each other in marriage. The author in each story shows how feelings and love are expressed from a women’s point of view and a man’s point also. Insight can be gained from Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. I can see humor and imagination in the stories and dealing with the need for communication in relationships. “The satire that calls attention to the difference between what a particular thing should be and what it actually is” (Claxton, 2010). The first insights into the relationships between men and women began with Mrs. Mallard in “The story of an Hour”. It shows the point about her love for her husband during the hour of the story. Mrs. Mallard’s love was there when she sat down. Then she felt the loneness begin to take hold of her. Mrs. Mallard seemed to be relieved with the news she heard, that her husband was dead. However, the story stated, “And yet she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter?” (Clugston, 2010) Here in the story you find a woman that loved her husband and yet felt that if he was dead it would be a relief. Women have come a long ways for the right to be able to think for themselves and not be told what to say or think. This is what Kate Chopin was trying to say in her story. The author had been through a rough time in her life, after losing her husband, and raising her five children alone. This story showed how the feminine point of view was not heard, so Chopin wrote about how the women were seen during her time. Mrs. Mallard’s sister was there for her, to help her through this rough time,
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