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Marriage in Centuries Past
Marriage in Centuries Past
Marriage in Centuries Past
Traditionally, the marriage evoked quite controversial issues. On the one hand, the marriage comprised an integral of social life, whereas, on the other hand, the marriage brought sufferings and oppression as was the case of main characters of “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.
The main characters of both works suffer from the tyranny of their husbands. Both women used to be vivid and active in their youth but their life in marriage proved to be a kind of nightmare. In such a context, the death of their husbands turns out to be a kind of liberation that brings sense and happiness to their life. For instance, Louise, the protagonist of “The Story of an Hour” changes her view on her future life as she learns that her husband is dead:
Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. 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, 47).
The depression she suffers in marriage turns into happiness after the death of her husband. The same trend may be traced in the life of Mrs. Wright. However, unlike Louise, Mrs. Wright is not going to wait till her husband is dead but she murders her husband because she cannot afford living with her tyrant husband anymore.
Works Cited:
Chopin, K. “The Story of an Hour.” In Selected Stories. New York: Random House, 2006.
Glaspell, S. Trifles. New York: Touchstone, 2008.