Girls in Their Summer Dresses Summary Essay

677 Words Aug 29th, 2005 3 Pages
In The Girls in Their Summer Dresses, it is necessary to explore the personal differences that cause problems in the relationship of the couple. The details of the story will lead to a conclusion that for Michael the relationship could just be a mere convenience or an affection solely generated by his physical wanting of Frances, so with the way she looks and appreciates the girls of New York.
Frances calling the Stevensons shows her attitude which is passivity and lack of idealism to confront the relationship with his husband. She is going to call the Stevensons because, she and her husband have nothing more to discuss about.
Michael's way of looking on women as mere bodies could suggest a kind of degradation—which is to define a woman
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It is necessary for a woman to enter into marriage to be recognized by the society as successful. The requisites of marriage such as love and affection are often neglected in exchange for some financial value imposed by the husband. In The Story of an Hour it is exemplified in "a heart trouble" of Mrs. Mallard while in The Girls in Their Summer Dresses points out to Frances' longing to keep her husband in spite of her doubtful interest upon her.
The time frames presented by the two authors reveal the scene of women being considered as the weaker sex. The two stories, however, exemplify an inner longing of the feminine sex of independence and freedom from their husbands. It suggests an inherent "soul" of the women to overcome the male domination by means of showing independence and the idea that they can live by themselves without the presence of husbands. In the life of Louise, it is her statement if a freed soul and body that shows her exclamation of independence and also her acceptance without too much grief the death of her husband. For Frances it was her statement of freeing Michael of any time he wants.
Women has always been the subject of degradation—mostly of physical nature during the 18th and 19th century. Though some things have improved with the onset of women's rights in the mid-19th but some traditional things remained to persist. In the case of Louise, it can be suspected that the kind of repression is of physical and emotional nature. In

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