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Common Topics in The Story of an Hour, The Storm, and Desiree's Baby

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In the story, “ Desiree’ s Baby, ” Desiree finds herself a victim of racism and rejected by her own husband, the man she thought truly loved her and they even have a son together. Aubigny turns his back on her just when the baby is three months old and just because he realized she is not white. She says that Desiree has caused shame and tarnished their family name. He no longer loves her and greatly ignores her. Due to this kind of oppression, she writes a letter to her mother Madam Valmonde and tells her that she will die since she cannot live such an unhappy life.

(1998, p. 221). Her oppression is because of racial differences with her husband because she is of a slavery origin as compared to the rich family of Armand. In these three stories, freedom and independence are impermissible that one can only think of and passionately long for privately but cannot be expressed publicly. When Louis gets the news about her husband’ s death, she reacts with an obvious show of grief for every normal woman would in case of the death of a husband.

Although her reaction is rather exaggerated, it is unnecessary because she never was very sincere about it. While in her room, however, she gets excited when it actually dawns on her that she is now free and will live her life alone and for herself. While, in there, she keeps whispering that she is free, her body and soul are free, and there shall be no power or force bending her, no one shall impose their will on her anymore.

(1996, p. 276). When the joy overrides her, she gives herself for it and feels like her quest and longing for freedom is finally over until her husband comes in alive cutting short her celebration. The forbidden happiness disappears so soon and takes her with it. In the storm, Calixta and Alcee, both long for the freedom to be happy together but both are held in their marriages with the societal norms that bind them to their partners irrespective of whether they are happy or not. Because of their quest for freedom, they end up having a moment of sexual pleasure yet each of them is married to a different person.

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  • Pages: 7 (1750 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: High School
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