Comparsion Of A Story Of An Hour And Aunt Jennifer

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Marriage is leaving one father and mother and untied to one’s couple, and they will become one flesh. In the 19-century, wife had to submit to her husband. She is bound to her husband as long as he is alive. In Kate Chopin’s “Story of an hour” and Adrienne Rich ‘s “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”, Mrs. Mallard and aunt Jennifer endured an obviously not satisfying marriage. They felt trapped and unfulfilled in their marriage, and were longing for release.

In Kate Chopin’s “Story of an hour”, after Mrs. Mallard heard the news of the death of her husband, she was said to “…not hear the story as many women have heard the same..”. Rather she accepted it and went to her room to be alone. She sank into a comfortable chair. She looked out of the window and saw spring and all the new life it brought.

She saw “…the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life…” She looked at her widowhood as a rebirth, a new spring life. Even though she loved her husband, she whispered “Free, free, free!” It was obvious at this point that Mrs. Mallard had been liberated through her husband’s misfortune. She now regained her freedom. She began to fantasize about living her life for herself. She looked hopefully to the future. However, Mr. Mallard appeared unexpectedly. She was shock to die because her freedom was lost instantly. She couldn’t go back to live with her husband. Her death was due to shattered dreams brought on with shock. The doctor announced, “…she had died of heart disease---of the joy that kills…” She got a final release with joy at that moment.

Compared with “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”, Aunt Jennifer found trapped and unfulfilled in her marriage.