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What is the common theme in Chopin's "The Story of An Hour", Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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The common theme in Chopin's "The Story of an Hour", Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" rests with the desire each woman has for personal freedom.

In "The Story of an Hour," Louise Mallard has an awakening when she learns of her husband's death. Though she tries to deny the knowledge, she soon is delighted that she is free to live her life as she chooses—something she had never thought of. She feels guilty for the sense of release she feels at her husband's death, but embraces her newfound freedom.

There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime...

In "A Rose for Emily," Emily has been controlled by her father—even in his refusal to let her date, believing no one was good enough for her. She has been governed by social expectations of the Deep South that demand...

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