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'The Woman's Rose' By Olive Schreiner, 'The Story Of An Hour' By Kate Chopin and 'The Necklace' By Guy De Maupassant.

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GCSE Twentieth Century Prose By Rina Bhudia In this essay I will be comparing 'The Woman's Rose' By Olive Schreiner, 'The Story Of An Hour' By Kate Chopin and 'The Necklace' By Guy De Maupassant. Each of these stories arte set in the patriarchal 19th century and all of them have the hint of women fighting for freedom, for example in 'The Story Of An Hour', Mrs Mallard didn't feel free until the death of her husband, Mr Mallard; 'said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" Women didn't really have a view in the 19th century; they were low status and were thought not to have a opinion. I think that the men thought that women were pretty objects, just there to look attractive, have children, and if they didn't have a maid, look after the house. ...read more.

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fair, and rather fully-fleshed; she had large dreamy blue eyes, wavy light hair [and] rather heavy lips.' She describes as if she feels like she wants to be like her the fair-haired girl. When she got all the compliments from the men, she loved it, she loved being pursued and being called beautiful and a woman. The pretty seventeen year old girl and the woman met at the party and the girl felt as if all her wishes had come true by actually talking to the woman. Olive Schreiner narrates the story so it seems as if she is actually the woman, which gives the more personal effect. The woman in 'The necklace', Madame Loisel wanted to be the upper class women that she never was. She seemed to have the upper hand over her husband, Monsieur Loisel. 'She looked at him irritably and said shortly "And what am I supposed to wear if I do go?"' ...read more.

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In 'The Women's Rose' the story flows because Olive Schreiner uses a lot of semi colons, which keeps the complex sentences smoother. All the three stories have a few similarities. All of them are written about them getting what they want at one point in the stories. Most of the similarities are between 'The Woman's Rose' and 'The Story Of An Hour' as they both talk about spring, them being happy and independent and looking forward to living their lives. All the stories helped us to feel as we were there living the story, as if we were in the patriarchal 19th century. We read about the way the women are treated in injustice and the way that men hardly notice they are there and pay little attention to them. They fought to accomplish something that they desired. ...read more.

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