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Chopin and Pat Moras Attitudes In A pair of silk stockings by Chopin a mother temporarily escapes from the daily worries and fatigue of the lower class to enjoy luxuries only available to the affluent upon the chance possession of a large sum of money Pat Moras Now and Then America on the other hand is a short poem depicting a fiery will to be free different and sane amid those who succumb to the confines of societys fashion clothes and behavior Although both authors wrote about freedom identity and individuality their attitudes toward these themes are very distinct A pair of silk stockings carries a rather gloomy mood The main character belongs to the lower class and as a mother of quite a few children she must constantly budget and calculate where the money is spent She Mrs Sommers is so consumed by her familys needs that she often forgets to consider her own Upon the possession of a large sum of money Mrs Sommers is at first judicious in planning where the sum should be spent however her pragmatism and sense are lost when she accidentally brushed against a silk stocking Overwhelmed by a sudden urge to indulge she bought the stockings and then proceeded to buy dainty gloves boots magazines and expensive appetizers in a dreamy state It is as though the stress and weary from her daily life pent up finally broke through her reasoning capabilities She bought one thing after another without really seeming to realize what she was doing This escape provided Mrs Sommers a taste of better days she had once known but it was only temporary In the end she could only wistfully wish that the day would never end and the dream would never shatter The author uses images of Mrs Sommers preposterous and unreasonable cheap gloves to the beautiful delicate gloves she bought as a way to contrast the lives of the
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