It is a form of oppression to the women. No one would love to appear weak.There is a high perception that women are fully dependent on men and that they cannot survive without them. The Story of an Hour has this aspect in the section where Richards and Josephine were afraid of informing her of her husband’s death. They believe that her heart condition will deteriorate and affect her, probably even kill her. However, it is more of a relief to her to the point when she thinks to herself of the freedom she has been granted (648). She privately tries to express her freedom from the bondage of her husband’s love. The thought of her having a long life ahead of her with no dedication to her husband brightens her up. She whispers of the freedom of her body and soul (648). This expression indicates her joy from the oppression inflicted on her by her husband’s love. This love, instead of bringing joy and peace, appears to be a source of pain for her.Lies in marriages are some of the biggest forms of oppression on women in the society. Alcee tries to push his wife Clarisse away by writing to her and asking her to stay at Biloxi for longer. His intentions are genuine and benefit his wife as explained in the letter.The truth, however, is that he wishes to get more time to enjoy the freedom he has with Calixta. He wishes for Calixta’s husband to give them some space by insinuating that Bobinot should be sensible enough not to go out in the storm (644). He does this in a bid to get time with Calixta and express the love he always felt for her. Calixta too seems to enjoy this oppression blindly when she celebrates at the thought of having a feast that night (646). This feast relates to her extra-marital affair, a trap she gets into herself.Men take advantage of women, sometimes in the name of love. Alcee decides to shelter from the approaching storm in Calixta’s house despite the fact that they had a fling in the past. He stands close to her and takes her into her arms in a bid to console her from the violence of the storm. He tells her that there is no need for her to be worried and that the lightning will have to choose among other taller structures other than her house (644). He does this, taking her into her arms. This move is meant to take advantage of her weakness as a woman and to bring back the affection they had for each other. He even adds by reminding her of the good time they had in
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