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late 19th century and the contemporary short story ‘The Silk’ by Joy Cowley. Even though both of the short stories share a same theme of Separation, it is conveyed in a different context in each one by varied techniques. In ‘The Story Of An Hour’ and ‘The Silk’ there are sub-themes speciﬁc to the short story that underly the stories plot which are expressed by divergent techniques therefore making each story contrast but with the same theme. I feel strongly regarding the theme of Separation after analyzing a variety of techniques used in these two short stories. For ‘The Story Of An Hour’ by Kate Chopin the theme is Separation, with sub-themes. When 19th common housewife Louise Mallard is informed that her husband has died, this separation gives her immense hope for her future ahead of her ‘But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely.’ Mrs Mallard sees freedom from this separation of her marriage after years of repression by her husband, Brently Mallard. Aware of her social duty to grieve for a year from her loss, Mrs Mallard abandons herself to her room to recognize her liberation as her joy would be considered ‘monstrous’. This is because of the women social roles that women are meant to live for others in that century and the male discourse and dictation. This is reintroduced at the end of the story when the doctors pronounce her dead from ‘of joy that kills’ when her husband walks through the door unharmed, this reinforces the idea of male dictation and the ‘powerful will bending hers’ and that they assume that it’s joy that kills demonstrates that men believed that this was acceptable. Because of the repression and dictation in their marriage by her husband it caused inequality in their relationship making it easy for Louise Mallard to accept and revel in the idea of their separation instead of the ‘paralyzed inability to accept its signiﬁcance’ as most wives hear it. Symbolism, vocabulary and sentence structures made me feel strongly about the idea and idea of Separation. Even though other Imagery and techniques were used, these gave me the greatest insight to how Louise Mallard was feeling about the separation from her husband, the repression she was freed from and the epiphany she experienced while realizing her new found freedom. Because Mrs Mallard was clearly overjoyed with her freedom, her language oscillates between extreme emotions. When Mrs Mallard’s life outside her mind is described it is only minimally described and in simple language, but when her emotions are painted the sentences are descriptive and the words are vibrant and powerful. They are often in stark contrast to each other ‘And yet she loved him-sometimes. Often she did not.’ Which is a short, unemotionally attached sentence compared to the sentence which followed it ‘What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion...’ Once her emotions become overwhelming so does her language. This suggests to me that outside her mind and home she is not connected metaphorically and literally as she would have been socially repressed and it would have had nothing to offer, therefore the separation was made easier as she was not emotionally attached to anything in her marriage. Only does the world outside her mind become bright and lively when she is using it to symbolise her mind. ‘She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life’ and ‘open window’ This shows that Mrs Mallard is becoming alive again with the separation ‘new spring life’ and is welcoming the new freedom. Even though she enjoys her freedom she knows that the world would consider her reaction ‘monstrous’ and this is in contrast to the way she describes herself as ‘young with a fair, calm face’ which to the outside she would look like the perfect housewife but her thoughts were with ‘wild abandonment’
‘One by one the garments pieces fell apart from the silk. he was waving. They are both accepting and resigned to the separation of them because they know they have loved each other for their marriage. Because their love was strong Mrs Blackie knew she would feel loneliness when alone so Mrs Blackie created pajamas from the silk that represented their life together for Mr Blackie to wear when dead as they were hopeful for the possibility that their love would transcend into the afterlife. This symbolism makes me feel strongly because throughout the short story the language is very colloquial and blunt and there is plenty of dialogue which displays that the couple are comfortable talking with each other and in their marriage. he was beckoning to her’ A man. just like ‘The Story of An Hour’ but the connotations are different. The silk would never be the same again. Or perhaps. separated only temporarily. ‘Together they felt the pain as the blades met cleanly without resistance in that ﬁrst cut.’ This quote is one of the most important quotes that made me feel strongly about the idea of separation as its so detailed about how the silk fell apart therefore representing their lives falling apart after Mr Blackies impending passing. The story is continuously overwhelming with her emotions as she is describing her feelings as ‘aquiver with new spring life’ but in ‘The Silk’ there is much dialogue indicating they are .. she thought. therefore fulﬁlling their relationship and their lives. The contrast between the short stories ‘The Story Of An Hour’ by Kate Chopin and ‘The Silk’ by Joy Cowley is very important because they both have such similar themes but both have very different sub-themes. ‘Yes. This is a signiﬁcant moment in the story as its ﬁnally conﬁrming what the story has been suggesting all along. Because ‘The Silk’ is a contemporary short story their marriage was dictated by both of them making their marriage a strong relationship and equal. that they will be together in afterlife. mountains were divided. Brently Mallard and joyous when they are separated from each others lives permanently whereas in ‘The Silk’ Mr and Mrs Blackies marriage is equal. this quote holds great meaning to me because its their heaven and when Amy Blackie joins Herb Blackie they will be eternally joined in their paradise. and lacks the use of innumerable amounts of imagery which usually indicates extreme emotions. with each touch of the blades threads sprang apart. that embodys Mr Blackie is on the silk standing on a bridge that represents the pathway to their heaven is beckoning to Mrs Blackie for her to join him. In other words it is not overwhelming. So Mrs Blackie decides to create pajamas from Chinese silk that was given to her for a wedding present from Mr Blackie 50 years before. The lack of use of imagery in this short story shows that they are accepting of Mr Blackies death and their separation. In ‘The Story Of An Hour’ Louise Mallard has been repressed throughout her marriage leaving her resenting her husband. they have a strong relationship and both are accepting but dreading the day when they will be separated from each others lives and Mrs Blackie knows she will feel loneliness.’ This quote is the most emotional because it is described in precise detail as it represents the ending of their life together and their separation.In ‘The Silk’ by Joy Cowley the idea of acceptance of separation is prominent. Both Mr Blackie (Herb) and Mrs Blackie (Amy) are resigned to Mr Blackies inevitable death ‘When Mr Blackie took bad again that autumn both he and Mrs Blackie knew it was for the last time’ In ‘The Silk’ Mr and Mrs Blackie are preparing for Mr Blackies looming death and they are hopeful of an afterlife for them after both of them have passed. the blades are a metaphor for death as after Herb dies their lives would never be the same again and they accept it ‘met cleanly without any resistance’ An excellent example of a metaphor that makes me feel strongly about the idea of separation is ‘waterfalls hung eternally suspended’ Because the silk could be called the paradise of their love or heaven.. The elderly couple know that the silk represents their life together and agree on this last thing.
But if there was no contrasting techniques then we wouldn’t even realize emotional sections. . thats why she could not show her feelings of her husbands death as it would be again called ‘monstrous’ and yet in ‘The Silk’ the story is contemporary. It was reversed in ‘The Silk’ because most of the text was blunt. These were the most important moments for me as the contrasting had the most impact because I notice it the most and it grabs my attention.comfortable with each other and there is barely any imagery that overwhelms them showing their acceptance of their separation. The setting is very important because it is set in the late 19th century where women were dictated to by men and were oppressed and repressed by their husbands. intense thoughts. Mainly symbolism and language like vocabulary and sentence structures convinced me of these themes because they could clearly represent the theme in a clear way. and occasionally in signiﬁcant moments there was detailed actions. unemotional language to show the couples acceptance of separation and this especially shows they care about one another. In ‘The Story of An Hour’ the symbolism was used often to recognize Louise Mallards feelings by relating them to the outside world and they were contrasted by short. meaning in todays life there is hardly any repressiveness that comes from the husband leaving Mr and Mrs Blackie to have equality in their marriage. simple sentences that didn’t show emotion to show that she didn’t care. These techniques have made me feel strongly about the theme or idea of separation in the two short texts. Symbolism was a major part of the techniques used in both stories as in both stories it was used to show extremely emotional sections of the stories.
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