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Comparing Kate Chopin A Pair of Silk Stockings and The Story of an Hour

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The shopping spree that followed was entirely centered on her as she purchased the stockings, new shoes, a very expensive lunch and admission to the theater. Sommers makes out to go back home, after an enjoyable day that was entirely focused on her, the man in charge of the cable car wished nothing more than to keep her with him forever. The story ends there, leaving much to the imagination about the fate of Mrs. Sommers, though it can be assumed that she simply made her way back home and tended to her family as she normally would, except that she would be feeling happier.

The Story of an Hour, written in 1894, tells about the steady downfall of the already sick Mrs. Mallard upon finding out that her husband has died in a train accident. As she sits before her bedroom window, mourning the life that once was, Mrs. Mallard begins to feel something coming at her, something that she recognizes as the chance to live out the rest of her life completely dedicated to herself. She was beginning to look forward to a long, happy life in which she was the sole focus.

She would not have her husband controlling her, and she would no longer be living for someone else. It would finally be all about her. The conflict of the story is that Mrs. Mallard realized that she had wasted her time belonging to someone else. Mallard’ s husband makes his grand entrance, having not been near the scene of the accident nor being aware that there had been an accident. He had not died at all. Mallard dies from her heart disease, having been shocked at the sudden appearance of her supposedly dead husband and at the loss of her self-centered dreams.

The story ends with the death of Mrs. Mallard, again with Chopin not providing the reader with further happenings. Though the two stories involve different incidences and events, they are very similar in how they play out. In Silk Stockings, Mrs. Sommers finds herself with a little extra money, with which she wants to buy new clothes for her children.  

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