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The idea of marriage is a complex idea not only for society, but also is a pressure on the complexity of the personal psychological mind. Society as a whole has moral outlooks on the "idea" of marriage. Love, respect, honesty, trust, and being with that person for the rest of your life, or for an eternity, are what comes to mind when asking most individuals what marriage means to them. Each persons own psychological mind comes up with conclusions before they get married, or if they have been married; this changes what societies conclusions may be on the topic or the individual person. In contracting the two short stories, "The Story Of An Hour" by Kate Chopin, and "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner, there is a distinct difference in the psychological minds of both women in the two different stories. As society feels marriage represents happiness, these two women have contradicting views of what life and marriage means to their lives.

Society, freedom, love, and psychological peace within oneself, is the determiner of whether one can live happily alone.

Mrs. Mallard in "The Story Of An Hour" was a women whom was sick with heart trouble, the question is whether or not the sickness is physiological.

Though Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were both good spouses it might not have been enough, to give Mrs. Mallard the freedom and self reliance she had wanted and longed for. " A Story Of An Hour", "was an attack on marriage, on one person's dominance over another" (Toth, 252). After Mrs. Mallard finds out her husband died, she feels relaxed and at ease. "Mrs. Mallard, the young repressed women who began to look at her widowhood as a rebirth, similar to the new spring outside her window did...