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Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour and Gail Godwins A Sorrowful Woman are both similar pieces of literary work in that both stories offers a revealing glimpse of extremely unhappy marriages Both Mrs Mallard and the unnamed mistress in A Sorrowful Woman called the wife seem to reveal a problem or possibly a disease which is plainly inherited through the institution of there marriages They are so unhappy with the lives they lead and the persons in them they seem to drive themselves to there own death The Story of an Hour seems to pick up in the middle of an on going battle of Mrs Mallards feelings towards that of her husband Brantly Mallard which seems to be a decent guy from this short story introduction This is why you really can not come to grasps with her hatred towards Mr Mallard and why she feels it There is little introduction of the husband Brantly Mallard which leaves any thought or opinions of him completely to the imagination while in A Sorrowful Woman the wife seems to be a very selfish and self centered person who can care only for herself Godwin describes mostly all characteristics about the husband and wife in that the wife tells her husband that the sight of himself and the child made her so sick she did not want to see them ever again The husband being his very understanding self-comments he understood such things and asked what would she like him to do 33In the begging Mrs Mallard is so overwhelmingly happy acting very distraught to receive the telegram informing her of Mr Mallards death but she had to conceal her happiness simply because there were loved ones in her presence including her sister Josephine and Mr Mallards great friend Richard It was he Richard who had received intelligence of the death as he was in the newspaper room and heard fist word of the rail road
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