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Roles of Women in Literature Throughout the ages the roles of women are always changing Some ages and cultures view the role of a woman as the child bearer Others look to all aspects of home-life and treat women as child bearer cook and maid As the times change a modern picture of women is becoming almost equal to men we see women in the work force women with cell phones cars and responsibilities greater than simply raising children In literature the role of women is often skewed based on the authors gender age and political or economic views Three stories that show the social roles of women in different views are Kate Chopins Story of an Hour Alice McDermotts Enough and Gail Godwins A Sorrowful Woman These three stories are an example of how literature depicts the social roles of women in very different ways depending on the authors point of view and time period Kate Chopins Story of an Hour depicts how women feel suppressed and restricted in relationships Mrs Mallard the storys protagonist is a suppressed woman living alone with her husband When she is told of her husbands death Mrs Mallard reacts with an inward joy instead of the anguish and distress her loved ones anticipate Mrs Mallard admits that she has no reason to dislike her husband or be happy that he is gone She remembers he always loved her and yet she suddenly feels free Mrs Mallard is so jubilant about her husbands supposed demise that when she realizes Mr Mallard is in fact alive she drops dead Story of and Hour is a great depiction of how women felt during the time that Kate Chopin lived Chopin lived between 1851 and 1904 a very unadvanced time in the world In America it was a time when most women were at home raising the children not out earning money Women were to love and honor their husbands not
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