The Fight for Women’s Self-Determination:

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The representation of gender roles and marriage as portrayed in "The Necklace" by de Maupassant and in "The Story of an Hour" by Chopin. This two short stories reveal some universal subconscious beliefs. Both point out the similarities and differences in both of the authors’ works. Guy de Maupassant and Kate Chopin are two different types of writers. By comparing and contrasting the way the authors use their writing style to achieve their intentions in "The Necklace" and "The Story of an Hour" they focuses on values that connect them in literary styles and in the fight for women’s self-determination. In both of these short stories, all of these elements are present. “The Necklace” and The Story of an Hour´ portray males to be better equipped for real life, while women are represented as lacking such integrity to attain their goals. To cope with their tragic fate of being born female, the heroines in both stories venture inward to escape the reality of life which was not of her own making. The female characters in these stories offer a universal representation of women as being the weaker sex through marriage, and are characterized by having evil intentions for which she is justly´ punished for in the end. The setting for “The Necklace” and “The Story of an Hour” take place during the 1800s when men played the dominant role over women. In both stories the protagonists are each yearning for a better life and each struggle to find it in a slightly different way. During the 1800s the only expectation of women was to cook, keep house, bear and raise their children. During this period women were not even allowed to vote (Wan, 2009). In both stories the protagonists, Mrs. Mallard and Madame Loisel, had different desires and both of them found happiness in their own way for a brief period of time that was quickly stolen away. In “The Story of an Hour” was written
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