Freedom ("A Pair of Silk Stockings" (Mrs. Sommers (She broke…
"A Pair of Silk Stockings"
She broke free from her family and was looking to please herself
She was planning to buy gifts for her children, but did not want to do anything with the money that she would regret.
Discovered that she has the intention do the right thing for people who are in need, but doesn't follow through with this thought and instead she pleases herself.
" But it was during the still hours of the night when she lay awake revolving plans in her mind that she seemed to see her way clearly toward a proper and judicious use of the money."
She is striving to gain personal freedom and identity.
"Another time she would have stilled the cravings for food until reaching her own home, where she would have brewed herself a cup of tea and taken a snack of anything that was available. But the impulse that was guiding her would not suffer her to entertain any such thought."
The last paragraph of the story implies that she has wanted to be free for a while, but she has to return to her family. Even though she is physically going back home to her family, inside of her head, she thinks that she wants to be free forever.
the fifteen dollars
She decides to use the money for herself, not for her kids.
"A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
breaking free from physical slavery
restrained by the slave owners
changed from obedient to revolutionary
"I felt as I never felt before. It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery, to the Heaven of freedom.
Douglass found his strength in the determination to be free
"I watched my chance, and gave him a heavy kick close under the ribs. This kick fairly sickened Hughes, so that he left me in the hands of Mr. Covey."
regained strength and trust in himself in his fight with Mr. Covey