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The late 1800s were a time of repression for women A woman was expected to conform to her husbands ideals and accept a life of his control Even today the relationship between men and women sometimes seems unequal In her essay Disappointment is the Lot of Women Lucy Stone discusses the different treatment of men and women When I reached forth after the sources of knowledge I was reproved with It isnt fit for you it doesnt belong to women she recalls Stone 1 Stone expresses her hopes for womens independence instructing to not tell us before we are born even that our province is to cook dinners darn stockings and sew on buttons 1 The short stories The Story of an Hour A Kate Chopins and The Yellow Wallpaper illustrate Lucy Stones ideas about self-fulfillment and about the relationship between men and women in her essay Disappointment is the Lot of Women In Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour a young womans innermost thoughts about her life and marriage and her perception of the world are expressed through Louise who reacts quite oddly after receiving the news that her husband has been killed in a train wreck She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance Chopin 624 and instead of lashing out sinks into a comfortable chair looks out the window and sees spring She explores the endless possibilities of what a new life would bring She realizes that her husband is no longer there to control her There would be no one to live for her during those coming years she would live for herself 635 Louise is excited at the possibility to do what she wants to do for once to make her own decisions to appreciate the freedom that she has not previously experienced Free Body and soul free she whispers to herself 625 She
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