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Hemingway Essay

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Gritty Realism
During the 1890s, many women were limited to what they were allowed to do. They could not go to school, have a job, or even vote. Men viewed women as though they were only meant to bear children and be a housewife. However, a writer by the name of Kate Chopin was a voice for women all the over the world. Two of her most famous writings are “The Storm”, and “Story of an Hour”. Within these two writings, she discussed issues that many other women writers would have avoided. Another writer who was famous for his portrayal of gritty topics was Ernest Hemingway. One of his most memorable writding is titled “Hills like White Elephants”. These writers were able to write ...view middle of the document...

These Authors want to show their audience life as it truly is. Also in Chopin’s and Hemingway’s writing, their protagonists are concerned with ethical issues. Realism for writers was a way to help the public feel connected to a story.
Moreover Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” discusses the idea of a women’s independence after her husband’s death. When Mrs. Mallard found out that her husband had died, she felt a sense of freedom. It is mentioned that “she said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free” (Chopin194). She would no longer have a man oppress her; she could now live life for herself. The public would view her outburst as cruel and strange. This is challenging topic because a women should mourn the death of her husband, not find joy in it. It was also written during the time when many women were dependent on their husbands. Chopin might have wanted her readers to interpret the story as people do not need a husband or wife to define who they are and also the idea that marriage is not enough for total satisfaction. Another concept that she wanted her readers to be aware of is that sometimes there are good outcomes to awful situations.
Similarly Hemingway also wanted to grasp the public’s attention by writing a story about abortion. In his short story, “Hills like White Elephants” he discusses the amount of stress abortion can put on a relationship. In the story the American tries to persuade the girl to get rid of the baby, by saying “it’s really an awfully simple operation,” (Hemingway145). He is trying to convince her that having an abortion is simple. He also tries to persuade her into thinking that having the abortion will fix their broken relationship; however this is impossible because the relationship is too broken. Readers can see this because the girl then says to the American “you think then we’ll be all right and happy” (Hemingway 146). The statement implies that they are unhappy with the state of the relationship. Furthermore the American stating that abortion is simple is quite strange because he calls it an “operation” and operations are never simple. The abortion that they are discussing is often not supported in any society.
Like Hemingway, Chopin decided to write her story “The Storm” about the challenging topic adultery. During the time this was written, the greatest crime a married person could commit was adultery. In the story, Calixta finds herself sharing a safe place away from the storm with her ex-lover Alcee. Chopin states that “when [Alcee] touched her breast they gave themselves up in a quivering ecstasy” (Chopin258). Calixta wanted to get intimate with Alcee. The notion of the story is that committing adultery does not mean that you face consequences. Calixta and Alcee went about their life as if the affair had never happen. When Calixta’s husband and son return from the store, she greets them with a smile and does not mention what happened. Alcee writes a...

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