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'Compare the author's use of images in The Other Wife and The Story of an Hour to convey the theme of female Freedom & Rights from male control.'

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'Compare the author's use of images in The Other Wife and The Story of an Hour to convey the theme of female Freedom & Rights from male control.' The Other Wife and The Story of an Hour are two short stories both seemingly similar and contrasting in different ways. In Chopin's story we see that Louise Mallard reveals her ironically natural feeling of joy and freedom following the news of her husband's death. Louise's sensation of freedom is conveyed through the use of vivid natural images and color. While in Colette's story the two female protagonists contrastingly suffer from repression while the other practices freedom and liberty. These contrasting feelings are conveyed by the usage of various color images. Both Chopin and Colette address the theme of freedom and liberty from male control through the indirect use of natural, color, and vivid imagery. More often, the natural images are associated with the setting and the atmosphere, while color imagery is repeatedly linked to the physical appearance of the characters. In The Story of an Hour Chopin's use of natural images develop and convey the theme of female freedom and liberty. ...read more.

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Looking at a deeper level, the force of male control literally drags Alice away from the tranquility and freedom of the bay. She is taken away from the window, which is another source of freedom. On the other hand, we are able to notice Marc's wife who is relaxed sitting by the bay. After her divorce with Marc she has the freedom without any male controlling her own actions. The image of wind represents careless freedom; the way in which Marc's ex-wife is laid back and the way the wind carelessly messes her hair reflects the enormous freedom and liberty she is enjoying after separating with Marc and freeing herself from male control. Furthermore, both Chopin and Colette address the theme of female liberty through the use of color images with relation to characters and settings. Marc's ex-wife is clearly revealed as a character that is practicing freedom through various hints during the course of the story. She is referred to as the 'woman in white'; a color, which represents freedom, liberty, peace, and a new beginning. Chopin, in contrast, does not use color images in relation to characters but use it in relation to the setting. ...read more.

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During the course of the two stories, Colette uses images in both her dialogues and narratives, while Chopin only uses images in her narratives. Hence Colette is more conservative and more and takes every opportunity to pack hidden connotations into her story. Whereas in Chopin's The Story of an Hour there is less work for the readers' to work out specific hidden meanings. It is much harder to work out meanings when Alice doesn't answer when Marc says 'were satisfied...Aren't we, darling?' Throughout the course of the two stories The Other Wife and The Story of an Hour, the use of natural, color, and vivid images are an essential tool for both authors to convey the theme of freedom and liberty from male control. The use of the various types of imagery shows the similar techniques Colette and Chopin shared. However, there are some minor differences these two stories shared, such as the use of dialogues and narratives as well as one being more symbolic than the other. The use of imagery is just a very small part of all the other features the writers used to develop the theme of female Freedom & Rights from male control. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2007-05-09 Comparison Essay By: Sang-Kyu, Kim 11A - 1 - ...read more.

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