“Trifles” and “The Story of an hour” Is anyone unaware of the predominant male chauvinism and the predicament and oppression experienced by women before the emergence of socialist thinkers who were committed to liberating women? An analysis of Louise mallard a major character in “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and Mrs. Wright, a minor character in Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”, portray the kind of oppression that women underwent prior to the 1920s. This paper shall candidly analyze and compare the actions of the two ladies in reference to their lives, their relationships to their husbands, and to the society in which they live with an objective of demonstrating how both women were victims as well as victors and their relevance to todays women.
Mrs. Mallard and Mrs. Wright lived in a world where life seemed tedious and a collection of quandaries. Mrs. Mallard had a critical heart trouble that deprived her of happiness and association with the outside world. “Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble…. She did not hear the story as many women …. ” (Chopin 16).
Likewise, Mrs. Wright used to sing when she was a lass but her life was now terrible and only a bird could give her happiness. Mrs. Mallard and Mrs. Wright had strangled relationships with their husbands. After receiving the shocking news of her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard masquerades to be grieving but in reality she is fantasizing about the good life that she will live now that her husband is dead. She feels that she has been freed from the shackles of subjugation. “Free! Body and soul free! ” (Chopin 16).
Equally, Mrs. Wright seems to live an oppressed life under the dominance of her husband. She gets excited after her husband’s death and acts in a way that suggests she might have exterminated her husband’s life. Both women were shunned by the society as they were perceived to be acting against the norms. They were rarely visited and other women did not cooperate with them. They lived in a disaffected world where repression was tolerated and any actions aimed at challenging male supremacy were deemed belligerent. Somewhat, both women are victims and equally victors.
Mrs. Wright is under probation after being suspected of killing her husband. On the other hand, Mrs. Mallard surrenders to heart attack after the realization that her husband was alive. However, Mrs. Wright becomes a victor by managing to terminate the life of a man who oppressed her while Mrs. Mallard surrenders her life to call for humanitarian agencies to intervene and stop the oppression that women were undergoing. Evidently, the women spearheaded what is currently known as ‘women emancipation’ aimed at upholding women’s right and call for equality in a fairly just world.
They contributed to psychological and moralistic improvement in women. Work CitedChopin, Kate. Kate Chopins "the Story of an Hour". Patterson, N.Y N. p., 1982. Print.