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Julian Mondesir LeonardEnglish 301.05 Assignment InstructionsPROMPT TWOChoose one short story and one poem from the 19th century.Write to compare the ways in which each of these may be consideredrepresentative of American culture during the time period in which it was written.Cite specific evidence from the literature to support your ideas.SELECTIONSThe Story of an Hour" (1894) by Kate Chopin's (short story)Ain't I a Woman" (1851) by Sojourner Truth (historical document)" The Story of an Hour" (1894) by Kate Chopin's (short story)" Ain't I a Woman"(1851) by Sojourner Truth, an historical document and “The Story of the Hour”, byKate Chopin. Both pieces reveal how women were treated by men, and how theywere repressed their lacking freedom or rights during this time period. Back in thelate 1800s and early 1900s, when these stories were written, women rights wererestricted, often mistreated and lacking opportunity.In”Ain't I a Women”and “The Story of an Hour”both literary pieces madecomparison in the way in which women were treated during that era.Women werenot free and lacking in rights which didn’t change until the suffrage movement.Although women made up more than half of the population, they were submissiveto men and often considered their property.In “Ain’t I a Woman”, readers could sense Sojourner Truth’s fighting for the equalityof women of colour by her questioning her existence and trying to prove that thereis more to a woman than being a man's wife or slave. This piece was written 10
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