eveline - Michelle Page 1 The Price of Freedom 4/13/2008...

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Michelle Page 1 5/12/2009 The Price of Freedom Although the main characters of Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and Eveline by James Joyce are very different, they both yearn for the same thing. Freedom is sometimes defined as “the power to determine action without restraint; or the absence of or release of ties, obligations, etc.”. Both characters suffer from this. Eveline has a choice of ‘freedom’ from her father by leaving with her true love, but struggles with the thoughts of betraying her dead mother’s wishes of keeping the family together. Louise couldn’t think of leaving her husband, or at least tries to ignore her thoughts of life without him. Once she learns of his untimely death, feelings of freedom suddenly rush through her bones. Louise Mallard is grief stricken as her sister tells her of her husband’s passing. She cries and is very visibly upset and distraught. I believe she loves her husband, although he doesn’t give her the life she would hope for. She tries to make the best of the situations at hand with him, but things are hard. “. .now there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one of those patches of blue sky. It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought. There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air. Now her
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