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THE FORBIDEN FRUIT “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, is the story of a passionate woman who is held back by her husband from reaching her full potential in the late nineteenth century. This storyline strikes a strong comparison to John Steinbeck's early twentieth century short story, “The Chrysanthemums”. Using characterization, both authors created women who have a longing to be more than what society expects or allows. The characterizations go from the women being disappointed by their lives, to each one coming to a personal disclosure of what they wished for - finishing with an unexpected transition from their sad repression. You are able to see the oppressiveness of Marriage in both stories listed above, in Kate Chopin’s late nineteenth century, “The Story of an Hour” on page 283 she is explained to be “abandoned” of herself and whispered “free.” Mrs. Mallard in the story is feeling free of her husband after discovering his death earlier in the story. On page 284, Kate Chopin explains Mrs. Mallard's emotional state by writing, “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years: she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon in that brief moment of illumination.” It is proposed that marriages are characteristically oppressive. Mrs. Mallard agrees that her husband is caring and affectionate, however, she feels joy when she thinks he has passed away. Chopin continues to write, “and yet she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not.” Still, regardless of the love between
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husband and wife, the death of her husband is a release from oppression. She never names a
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