The Story of an Hour

Abdulaziz Essa

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Linoleum Rose” by Sandra Cisneros revolve around females’ lives and the role of women in the times they were written. “The story of an hour” was written in 1894 while “Linoleum Rose” was written in 1984. Even though there is almost a century gap between the two stories, the difficulties facing women were still almost the same. The stories illustrate how women were treated and draw a picture in the readers’ minds of what it was like to be a woman in those times.   Moreover, they prove how feminism has done so much to release women from those dark ages and to break the chains that were set around women by society, mainly by men, as they were being looked at as creatures that can't have the will nor the right to be free and independent. Both stories' main characters are females who has similar lives but experience different experiences. Louise, from the Story of an Hour and Sally, form Linoleum Roses were both married with no kids and have similarities in their lives. This essay will analyse both stories and discuss the differences and similarities between them with a feminism approach and focus.
Kate Chopin starts the “Story of an Hour” with presenting to the reader that the main character, Louise, was a weak person, "knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble..." Also, introducing her to the reader as Mr Mallard shows the lack of identity that this woman had. Her heart trouble and the name, “Mrs. Mallard,” which is her husband’s name, were mentioned in the same sentence and therefore could imply how weak she was under that name. In general, this an implication of how women would get weaker   and lose their identity after getting married   because of all the oppression females would get .   Only after the news of her husband was mentioned, Louise was called by her given name. Being called by her given name can indicate that she was, at that moment, equal to men...