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Social Expectations and Marriage at The Story of an Hour and A Sorrowful Woman Marriage does not necessarily bring people happiness they expect. A variety of people feel trapped in their own unions. Mrs. Mallard in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and the unnamed protagonist in Gail Godwin's "A Sorrowful Woman" are among those who encounter such unfortunate. Just 1 hour in her union did Mrs. Mallard feel really happy; that was, bizarrely, if she had been advised about her husband's death. For the female protagonist in "A Sorrowful Woman," her marriage was a misery. All the time, she suffers from despair and despair. Both of the girls are imprisoned in their unions and much more so in their minds, which eventually lead them to death. Successfully describing their main characters' improvements of feelings, Kate Chopin and Gail Godwin, two writers from two different time periods, undoubtedly point out that the battle between individuals and society is the origin of the sadness and tragedy of marriage. To start with, through the settings of the tales, both of the writers implied that social expectancy be the real causes of their protagonists' deaths. In "A Sorrowful Woman," the unnamed protagonist comes with a life that is desirable. She has a "durable, receptive, tender" husband and a "tender gold three" kid (33)[I]. "He was attuned to her he understood such matters" (33) indicates that her husband always understood her. He's prepared to sacrifice his time for her and their loved ones. Mrs. Mallard in "The Story of an Hour" is in a similar environment. Knowing she's a heart problem, "great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death" (10). Her friends a.. .