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Female Protagonists The desire for freedom is a similar aspect of the female protagonists Louise Mallard Mathilde Loisel and Emily Grierson -In Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour Guy DE Maupassants The Necklace and William Faulkners A Rose for Emily the female protagonists have a desire for freedom The stories are about three women living in patriarchal societies Each character longs for freedom in a different way but because of the men in their lives they are unable to make their own life decisions -In The Story of an Hour Louise Mallard is a repressed married woman that has a heart condition The reaction to her husbands presumed death is a sign that she is unhappy After hearing the tragic news she goes up stairs to her room and looks out an open window and notices new spring life the delicious breath of rain and countless sparrows twittering in the eaves As she looks out the window among the storm clouds she stares at patches of blue sky It was not a glance of reflection but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought Louise is not grieving over her dead husband or having negative thoughts about her future She realizes that she will have freedom through her husbands death and whispers over and over free free free Her unhappiness is not with her husband it is with her ranking in society because she is a married woman Becoming a widow is the only chance she has to gain the power money respect and most importantly freedom -Mathilde Loisels chances for freedom are decreased because she comes from a middle-class family of clerks She had no dowry no expectations no means of being known understood loved wedded by any rich and distinguished man and she let herself be married to a little clerk at the Ministry of Public Instructions Mathilde feels her marriage is beneath her and that she is worthy of a richer
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