In both The Story of an Hour
A Sorrowful Woman by Kate Chopin and Gail Godwin respectively, gender inequality uncovers itself with regards to marriage, training of one gender and traditional domination. Women in the two astonishing stories are floundering under social shameful acts caused by male strength. The men are better than females in all parts of the general public. There is a spread of the conviction that men are better ready to partake in the ever-turbulent fields of political affairs, authority, white collar job positions and such which described the reasoning of numerous women back in the days. In this paper, I am going to discuss why gender imbalance is a problem the institution of marriage.
In a world normally described as a “man’s world,” a woman’s job isn’t considered as critical and consequently can be curbed. This is the reason why a feminist’s point of view or criticism comes into place, particularly in writing. By definition, a feminist’s criticism comprises of investigating the manners by which writing strengthens the monetary, political, social, and mental persecution of women. The Portrayal of the Plight of Women by the Author, In Their Particular Period of Time Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Gail Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman” are comparable parts of literary work. The two stories offer a noteworthy look at to a great degree of unhappy marriages because of being constrained into stereotypical duties. The two stories depict women, who are stuck in their marriages and stuck in their socially expected matriarchal characters. They are distinguished by their duties as a spouse and mother.
In “The Story of an Hour” Chopin depicts marriage and the role and sentiments of women in the nineteenth century as subordinate supporters of the spouses. The third expression of the story is “Mrs.”, distinguishing the man character as a wife, characterizing her job and her life. She is likewise distinguished as weak and delicate. At the point when her husband dies in a train accident, Mrs. Mallard cries, however for unexpected reasons in comparison to would be normal. She is pitiful for her significant other’s demise, be that as it may, in addition, she is overwhelmed with bliss.
For the time being she is free. Nobody notices her actual feelings since women are usually broken when their life partner dies; it’s required. Marriage is depicted as a lifelong incarceration “She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body (Chopin 2) Mrs. Mallard was relieved that her husband died for she thoroughly considered her suffering was over. When she discovered that he was still alive, and in this manner, she was still dedicated to the marriage, she died from the shock and fear of still being trapped. To an extent I would disagree on the way the Author described Mrs. Millard’s reaction when she heard of her husband’s death and when she found out he was still alive. The author made it seem like she died out of excitement from seeing that her husband is still alive.
I honestly think that she was just concerned and happy about the fact that she can now live the life she deserves and not continually be subjected to satisfying her husband in the name of being submissive. “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease of joy that kills (Chopin 3) I would say she died not from the joy of having her husband back, but the thought that her woes are back. I would assume that before the supposed death of Mr. Millard, she would have wished herself death several times, rather than stay unhappy. Just when she thought she was free, and wished herself long life, being that she has a heart condition, her problem resurfaces. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long. (Chopin 3).
In A Sorrowful Woman, the protagonist is a punching sack for sorrow, torment and disappointments in marriage. Other than her pieces composing work, she needs to cook, take care of the family and complete other vitality depleting work. It is this overwhelming work that, maybe, makes her to fall dead. It is further conceivable that she has not been sustained by her marriage to do these tasks out of the affection she has for her child and husband. Dissimilar to many romantic tales where a lady crumples and awakens in the wake of being kissed by her male lover, her significant other cannot kiss her. The woman and her husband has a child. The name of the child is an unexpected one thinking about her mom’s failure to adapt to the difficulties of motherhood and its customary job. The man isn’t referred to as tormented as the woman and a lot of the marriage in which they lived ‘unhappily ever after’ is somewhat virtual. This story about a woman who is depressed, and fall ill from doing the house chores, and taking care of the family alone is somewhat different from the first story. Although there are a few similarities, I would like to point out the positives of this story.
The story might seem like her husband did not put in any effort, during the course of her ailment, but I would like to disagree. In the beginning of the story, seeing the state of his wife, he asked what she would like him to do, and he did them. “She told the husband these thoughts. He was attuned to her; he understood such things. He said he understood. What would she like him to do? “If you could put the boy to bed and read him the story about the monkey who ate too many bananas, I would be grateful.” “Of course,” he said. “Why, that’s a pleasure.” (Godwin 1). He assisted, and even brought in a help to assist take care of the family. I feel she was a little inconsiderate because it seemed she wanted him to do the work, and not get a help. “The girl upsets me,” said the woman to her husband (Godwin 2) she ended up firing the girl her husband brought in.
However, he offers to help with the chores until she feels better, which I feel is not right, because he just wants to do it for the time being, and not for a change. “With great care he rearranged his life. He got up hours early, did the shopping, cooked the breakfast, took the boy to nursery school. “We will manage,” he said, “until you’re better, however long that is.” He did his work, collected the boy from the school, came home and made the supper, washed the dishes, got the child to bed. He managed everything (Godwin 3). I feel he put in effort but did not realize he was meant to help her and be supportive, because from the look of it, that was all she wanted. She needed to be relieved of such burden and needs assistance. Marriage is a partnership, not slavery.
Looking at the two stories, women seem more tormented by failed and falling unions than their male partners. The two women have turned into prisoners in their very own homes interminably playing second fiddle to their pitiless spouses. Their feelings have likewise been trapped till they are liberated by death itself. Women are more affected by failed marriages and the narratives obviously remind people that gender clashes inside social orders and people have to a great extent been caused by trouble and other adversities in marriages. In contrast to men, Women in the two stories have been exposed to unpaid household work.
In conclusion, ladies in the two stories are burdened. In A Sorrowful Woman, the female protagonist is battling with the conventional duties relegated to her by a gender one-sided society. She needs to keep an eye on her only child and take care of her various residential obligations while the man of the house is away. In the Story of an Hour, Louise Mallard sufferings are not just characterized by her coming up short marriage and wellbeing yet additionally herself as Josephine, her sister, notes. If Mr. Millard had let his wife live, and pursue the life she wanted, and if the woman’s husband had assisted his wife like he was meant to, these marriages would not have failed. The stories put forth a genuine expression that women of this world have been mistreated and denied their normal equity. Gender prejudice ought to be stopped if the society is to accomplish any socio economic and political development. The need to coincide and benefit equal opportunities for all, regardless of the gender, can never be overemphasized.