Representation Of Gender Relations Essay

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The short stories, “Hills like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin present with the lives of two married couples and these stories portray the relationship between the husband and the wife. The two stories explain the similarities that exist in married relationships. They indicate the complexity of a married life where despite of the presence of love, relationships become strained on the basis of personal choice and freedom. The gender relations between a husband and a wife are portrayed in a similar manner in the two stories as the wives are aware of the fact that their husbands love them but there is still a lack of liberty and free will in their ...view middle of the document...

The two stories also indicate how relationships between the opposite sexes can be tensed owing to lack of space and personal freedom and choice. In “The Story of an Hour,” Louise is sad initially when she hears of the demise of her husband in an accident. But when she goes and sits alone in her room and thinks about everything, she is actually happy about the thought that she would be liberated and independent. She looks out of the window and the openness outside portrays the independence that she is looking forward to. She keeps on murmuring, "Free! Body and soul free!" She realizes the fact that she was in a trapped life and she even thinks that her husband influenced and shaped many decisions in her life. She was happy of the fact that this would not happen anymore. The girl in “Hills like White Elephants” has similar emotions and it can be seen that she dislikes the idea of being pushed into submitting to the will of the American. It is seen that the American wishes her to have an abortion and she does not like to talk about the topic. She says,...

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