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A relationship is a means of interactions with the other person as two complete individuals coming together to share experiences In the The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin there are relationships that are difficult to apprehend and in that they contain many problems which may or may not lead to their failure Some relationships fail some succeed and some just seem to limp along somewhere in between Why relationships fail or succeed may seem like a great mystery to those involved The factors in the short stories of Kate Chopin The Kiss The Story of an Hour and The Storm do in fact lead to the failure of relationships When coming together in a relationship husbands and wives usually develop their own natural human plan for marital happiness The couples separate plans are based on the unique personalities and personal differences of each partner including different family influences role models books and often-different church experiences Because their plans for marriage happiness are different conflict usually results By examining the factors that contributed to the failure of relationships in the short stories it will become evident that relationships do tend to fail In the late 1800s marriage was comparable to a master-and-slave relationship The role of the woman in the marriage was minimal The womans place was in the house caring for the children cleaning the house and doing other womanly tasks Chained to their husbands marriage became prison to many women the only means of breaking free from these bonds being the death of a husband In Kate Chopins fictional short stories The Story of an Hour and The Strom show examples of the lack of freedom for womens role in society Mrs Mallard lives for an hour experiencing rebirth into freedom and death when that freedom is lost while Alcees wife reveals her happiness and the joy of freedom as she learns that her husband will not be
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