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The Story of an Hour - Differences in Men and Girls Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" looks merely to explore a woman's unpredictable response to her husband's supposed death and reappearance, but actually Chopin provides Mrs. Mallard's eccentric narrative to show problems that are inherent in the institution of marriage. By offering this depiction of a union that stifles the woman to the point that she celebrates the passing of her kind and loving husband. Chopin challenges her readers to examine their particular perspectives of relationships and marriage between men and women. Every reader's judgment of Mrs. Mallard and her behaviour inevitably stems from his or her personal feelings about marriage and the influences of social expectations. Clients of differing sexes, ages, and marital experiences are, therefore, likely to respond differently to Chopin's startling portrayal of the Mallards' union, which certainly is true of my response to the story in comparison to my father's and grandma's answers. Marriage often determines boundaries between people which make them unable to speak with one another. The Mallards' marriage was evidently crippled by their inability to talk to one another and Mrs. Mallard's conviction that her marriage was defined by a "powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which women and men believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature." Yet she doesn't recognize it isn't just men who impose their will upon girls also the problems inherent in marriage affect people equally. For me, Mrs. Mallard is a somewhat sympathetic character, and that I love her longing to reside ou...