Although it can be argued that it is mme loisels

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able to climb the social ladder is through her looks, clothes, and personality. Although, it can be argued that it is Mme. Loisel’s insecurities that drive her vanity, not the social construct itself. Another way women are subjugated is through marriage. In the “Story of an Hour”, the main character feels trapped in an unsatisfying marriage as she doesn’t feel in control of her own life. This is the case for many women around the world who are often forced into marriages with men they have either never met or those that abuse them emotionally and physically. Women in these marriages must give up must give up many of their freedoms and dreams in order to appease their husbands and family members. Many girls are told to aspire to marriage as a life choice and that education, career, and ambition are not what is truly important. In “The Storm,” Louisa Mallard does initially feel sorrow and grief over her husband’s death, but as time passes on she begins to embrace her newfound freedom and look forward to her independent future. This is shown here “There would be no one to live for 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 it in that brief moment of illumination.” Ironically, later in the story, Mrs. Mallard learns her husband was never dead and then dies of “joy” when in reality we as the reader know the truth; Louisa never died from joy. When she discovered her husband’s survival, her heart gave out from the shock of all her lost dreams.
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