Compar and Contrast the Story of an Hour and the Neckles

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The Compare and Contrast of The Story of an Hour and The Necklace
Tammy Brettschneider
Eng 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: April MacGrotty
July 23, 2012

As I read “The Story of An Hour” and “The Necklace” they both seem to be that of the late olden days in which women were meant only to be a housewife and nothing else but a housewife. They weren’t able to have any rights to anything that the men were able to do. For they where only aloud right to staying in the house, to do the house work and for most of all to take care of her loving husband and or the kids if they do have any. Back in those days the women weren’t even really considered to be human. Now in these days when there is a femain conditions that comes up it is considered it’s kind of hard to think that back in the days the women aren’t at all part of soviet like they are now.
In the stories you can see that the women were both reflected by this. In here you see that the women both didn’t any type of status and they weren’t able to work out side of their homes. To me both of these women were and seemed to be in this thing we call a loveless marriage. In the stories the author seems to wire about two women whom seem to so very different but also seem to be a like in some ways. The women seem to have so much trouble in accepting the way their fate is and also trying to reject the way women in their days live their lives. To me Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard are so much alike they both…...

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