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In this essay I am examining the three short stories "Turned" written by Charlotte Perkins Gillman in 1911, "To Please His Wife" by Thomas Hardy in 1891 and "An Alpine Divorce" by Robert Barr in 1887.

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  • Essay length: 2410 words
  • Submitted: 05/09/2003
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GCSE Geoffrey Chaucer

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In this essay I am examining the three short stories "Turned" written by Charlotte Perkins Gillman in 1911, "To Please His Wife" by Thomas Hardy in 1891 and "An Alpine Divorce" by Robert Barr in 1887. "Turned" is about an educated and conscious woman Mrs. Marroner and her relationship with her husband and her response and attitude towards an innocent girl who was exploited by Mr. Marroner. "To Please His Wife" tells about an over ambitious and jealous woman Joanne who lost her husband and children on sea. "An Alpine Divorce", a story of an unhappy marriage life of Mr. Bodman and Mrs. Bodman which ends with a dramatic twist. The content of these stories are family centred themes focussed on wife and husband relationship in particular and the status of women in the society in general. The styles of presentation are interesting.

"Turned" is set in an urban environment where people have more opportunities to educate and more social exposure and interaction. Mrs. Marroner came to know that her husband had an illicit relationship with Gerta who was their servant. Until that time Mr. and Mrs. Marroner's married life was very good and romantic.

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