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Throughout history women were not granted the same freedoms and carefree lifestyle their male counterparts had On the contrary women were looked down upon They were given few rights and were left practically powerless That is why it was common practice for a woman to please her husband raise the children cook clean and wash everything in the household Women were not self-dependent but rather they were obligated to their husbands It wasnt until the late twentieth-century when womens rights became a concern and a need to be addressed After reading the stories of The Storm and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin both set in the late 19th century one sees the actual livelihood of women during this time period In order to do so it is crucial to focus analyze and differentiate how Calixta and Mrs Mallard undergo the process of what ultimately becomes a quick yet successful liberation In the story of The Storm Calixta is a confined bored and agonized woman living with her husband Bobintot Threat of an impending storm causes Calixtas husband and son Bobinet and Bibi to go to the store As the storm approaches her former lover Alcee appears in the backyard looking for shelter At first the reader expects nothing out of the ordinary to occur but then surprisingly as the storm approaches and intensifies so does the storm that is brewing inside of her Calixta continually tries to ignore these feelings feelings that were unacceptable for a woman In addition the attraction for Alcee that Calixta attempts to deny is not only present but it has grown and even evolved into sexual feelings as well As Alcee and Calixta are watching the rain you can feel the author setting the mood Suddenly lightening strikes nearby startling Calixta causing her to jump and who but Alcee is there to catch her They begin by expressing their feelings to one another and end with having
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