The Story of an Hour Versus the Necklace

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“The Story of an Hour” Versus “The Necklace”; Very Comparable, and Still, Poles Apart
Rebecca Rheinscheld
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Maria Rasimas
July 22, 2014

As in all literary works, short stories entertain the reader with characters, imagery and tone; in general, the story as a whole. Short stories are to the point, then on the other hand, they have a profound message reverberating throughout the progression of the writing leaving the reader pondering a lee way to the story and envisioning the imaginable conclusions, only if the short stories existed as novels as an alternative. “The Story of an Hour”, inscribed via writer Kate Chopin compared to “The Necklace”, which was inscribed via author Guy De Maupassant are binary stories that are being viewed and compared due to the distinctive themes of each story that discrete authors can compose; comparable but separate stories in dissimilar epochs. Both stories are varied readings that the themes emphasizes on the responsibility of feminineness and matrimonial obligations. Even though with the alikeness’s between the two texts, there are as well multiple divergences. These divergences, for example are of the two main characters, women; the first, facing the heartbreak of passing away versus the second facing an experience due to life that teaches a lesson. In an older time, around the late 19th century to mid-20th century, the expectancy for a woman stood as the family units’ caregiver; females, in general existed inhibited. A woman’s privileges were crushed; it ranged from slight to not any. Women were to remain home, working souly on housekeeping; cooking, cleaning and taking care of their husband and the rest of the family members. Women existed, at that time, to be as merely, to a degree, human. Today, in modern times, it is tough to imagine the idea that there was an era women…...

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