Week Two Assignment
After reading "Daisy Miller" by Henry James; "Cadian' Ball" and "The Storm" by Kate Chopin; "A New England Nun" by Louisa Ellis; "The Yellow Wall-paper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I realized that the women in each story are very similar. Daisy and Louisa are very similar because they are both independent women. Daisy is used to being in control when it comes to almost anything. Louisa is so used to being alone and doing everything on her own, that when her fiancé returns from war, she feels as if he is just in the way. “As an independent woman, Louisa is to travel the path of life solo, without the dependence on any man.”
All of the women are faced with an internal conflict. Daisy was still in love with Winterbourne even though she was with Mr. Giovanelli. She becomes very ill the night after she visited the colosseum, and she gives her mother a letter to give Winterbourne stating how she wasn’t engaged to Mr. Giovanelli. She also stated how she still cared about Winterbourne. Daisy says, “Well, I have seen the Colosseum by moonlight!" She tells Winterbourne this to make him feel jealous and to let him know that she has moved on.
Calixta is faced with an internal conflict in “Cadian' Ball" and "The Storm.” She was considered a lower class woman and she fell madly in love with Alcee, a higher class man. Alcee is conflicted by his sexual attraction to Calixta and society's disapproval of inter-class relationships. "I don' want to kiss you, Bobint," she said, turning away again, "not to-day. Some other time. Bont divine! ent you satisfy, yet!" This quote shows that she isn’t really in love with Bibinot.
In “The Storm,” they meet again, and both are married and Calixta has a child. Their feelings had never gone away, and they had both had secret affairs. Calixta has to live with the fact that she is madly in love with Alcee, but she is married to Bobinot because Alcee was not...