Mrs. Mallard (Story of An Hour) and Sarah Penn (The Revolt of Mother)
Mrs. Mallard (Story of An Hour) and Sarah Penn (The Revolt of Mother). Compare and/or contrast Mrs. Mallard (Story of An Hour) and Sarah Penn (The Revolt of Mother).
Both women live in a time period where the husband is expected to be dominant, and both husbands are indeed dominant but loving. Both women are described as victorious; which one is more responsible for her victory? Why? What does this suggest about personal development and the extent to which it is limited?
Sarah Penn: Patient, hard-working farm wife and mother. She respects her husband and apparently loves him. However, because he spends his profits as a farmer on new buildings and new animals to the neglect of the small and poorly furnished home in which the Penn family lives, Sarah decides one day to rebel against his rule in order to provide the family a new home
Adoniram Penn: Sarah’s husband. He ignores the needs of his family in favor of the needs of his farm. When his wife attempts to persuade him to think more about improving their living conditions and less about improving the farm, he obstinately refuses even to discuss the subject.
Nanny: Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Penn.
Samuel: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Penn.
Mr. Hersey: Minister.
Hiram: Mrs. Penn’s brother, who lives in Vermont.
Rufus: Farm helper.
Young Hired Hand: Farm helper.
George Eastman: Fiancé of Nanny.
Laborers: Three men digging a cellar for a new barn.
In the short story, “The Story of an Hour,” author Kate Chopin presents the character of Mrs. Louis Mallard. She is an unhappy woman trapped in her discontented marriage. Unable to assert herself or extricate herself from the relationship, she endures it. The news of the presumed death of her husband comes as a great relief to her, and for a brief moment she experiences the joys of a liberated life from the repressed relationship with her husband. The relief, however, is short lived. The shock of seeing him alive is too much for her bear and she dies. The meaning of life and death take on opposite meaning for Mrs. Mallard in her marriage because she lacked the courage to stand up for herself.