Satish Patel Patel 1
Professor Rita Jones-Hyde
English Comp. 2
May 27, 2010
“The Story of an Hour” and “Eveline”
In many ways, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is very similar to the “Eveline” by James Joyce. Both stories shares similar themes about a call for a freedom. Both stories took place in late 1800’s, main characters in both stories, Eveline in “Eveline” and Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” are similar in many and both stories end ironically.
Both stories took place in late 1800’s, when woman did not have all the freedom in the society, and man played the dominant role over woman. In the story of “Eveline”, the character of Eveline didn’t have a lot of independence. She got beat up by her father, she worked hard to keep the house together and to watch her siblings. There was no respect for her in the society she lived. In “The story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard had better living conditions, her husband loved her and she also had more independence, but she felt free after hearing that her husband was dead. She felt that now she only has to worry about herself.
Both characters are waiting for freedom on their lives. Eveline is leaving miserable life with her father where she has to do all the work in the house. She is deeply scared of the unknown. She is in love with Frank or rather Frank is in love with her and wants to take her away to Buenos Ayres where the two would get married and live a life of her dreams. But she thinks about how she also had happy days with her father and how she promised her mother that she
... 14, 1999 Character Analysis Essay #4 The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin is an ironic story because, Louise ... , she has always had someone to control her life for her. As she undergoes this incredible emotional ... she now has the ability to live her own life. This realization suffers a drastic change when Brently ... she acknowledged that she had to live her life with someone else again. She felt like the ...
would take care of the house. She is scared that she would also be controlled by Frank, like her mother was controlled by her father and how unhappy was her mother. On the other side after hearing about her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard goes back to her room. She realizes that she is tired of her role as a wife and wants some freedom. She thinks that whole new world and whole new life is waiting for her. She welcomes her new life where she only has to think about herself and not have to worry about other things. So at the end when she sees her husband live she realizes that this new world has to wait little longer and she dies of heart problem.
Both stories also end ironically. In the “Eveline”, even though Eveline is ready to start new life with Frank, she changes her mind and leaves Frank on the dock and decides to live with her father. She is so confused that she wants to stay with her father because she thinks Frank would control her life. In “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard has a heart problem, so her sister gives the news about her dead husband gently. She cries for the moment then welcomes new life, but at the end when she sees her husband live, she breaks her heart and dies because of heart problem, “Joy that kills”.
In conclusion, both characters want freedom, neither one of them ends up with freedom. Eveline has the chance to start a new life with Frank, but she decides to leave him at the dock. Mrs. Mallard gets freedom when she hears about her husband’s death, but it doesn’t stays longer because she dies when she sees her husband live at the end.
Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mendell. 7th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2010. 197-99. Print.
... first balancing freedom and responsibility, one can establish purpose and more closely define what it subjectively means to live a good life. Although ... Responsibility can help to ensure that everyone has the freedom to give their lives meaning. Responsibility must be active since, The four ... . Camus carries this notion a step further by saying, This heart within me I can feel, and judge that it exist ...
Joyce, James. “Eveline”. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mendell. 7th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2010. 640-43. Print.