EGL 1020 Final Research Paper.edited

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Culley 1 DeSales Culley Jr. EGL 1020 Professor Jeanty 4/27/16 Pattern of Development: Compare and Contrast Topic: Trifles; Story of an Hour Audience: Academic Purpose: Inform Genre: The 2 Wives and Their Trifles As of today, women have many rights and tend to have longer happier marriages. Even so this wasn't always the case. Women were once not able to do something as simple as voting. They were given positions of lesser status in their personal, and professional lives. So from that oppression rose two works of literature which are Trifles (written by Susan Glaspell) and The Story of an Hour (written by Kate Chopin). I chose to compare The Story of an Hour with Trifles because The Story of an Hour had an interesting twist and I could see that deep, intricate thought was put into it. This research paper will examine the similarities and the differences between these two bodies of work. Since both are feminist works of literature, spotting similarities will be easy. One thing that can be compared between the protagonist of the stories (Mrs. Mallard Story of an Hour; Mrs. Wright Trifles) is their emotional states. As we begin I'll talk about The Story of an Hour first. Mrs. Mallard is shown to be deeply saddened by the news of her husband's apparent death. In the second paragraph, it states "She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her." (Chopin, 1894). Although she later seems to have turned those tears of sadness into tears of joy. At one moment she states under her breath “free, free, free!”
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Culley 2 (Chopin, 1894). This shows that she may have felt trapped being in the relationship she was in with her husband. Even later the narrator (Chopin) states "There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind perspective with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature." (Glaspell, 1916). Both of those statements show that Mrs. Mallard may have been saddened by the news of her husband’s death, but she was happier now knowing she was free from his oppressive ways and could move forward in life being whoever she wanted to be. Moving along with Mrs. Wright, there are no direct lines from her in the play Trifles because she is in custody during the duration of the investigation. However, Mrs. Hale is her neighbor and speaks on how Mrs. Wright felt. She mentions in line 124 how Mrs. Wright used to sing and how Mr. Wright made her stop. Also in line 134 she states “I wish you’d seen Minnie Foster wore a white dress with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang.” (Glaspell, 1916) This hints that Mrs. Wright had one thing that made her happy which was singing and that Mr. Wright made her stop. You can conclude that this didn't make Mrs. Wright too happy. Mrs.
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