I've read Dino Buzzati's "The Falling Girl," Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," and Svava Jakobsdottir's "A Story for Children." The stories share many themes, even though the cultures described may be very different. In what ways are the stories similar, and in what ways are they different? How significant are the similarities? How significant are the differences? What can the stories tell us of the culture upon which the story focuses?
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For me, all three stories have strong feminist themes and reiterate issues of women's rights and gender equity. In the first piece, Buzzati shows women's subjugation as they are considered merely as bodies for their looks as "Some thought her pretty, others thought her so-so, everyone found her interesting." Like in Chopin's story, the theme of unhappiness in marriage also resonates, especially with her husband's comments and nonchalant attitude of going back ...
Feminist themes in the three stories are briefly explicated.