In the short stories such as “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, The Secret Lion,” by Albert Rios and, “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty the main characters are considered as the protagonists. The protagonist is the principle character of a drama or work fiction which also can be the hero. We only think of the different conflicts the stories involve rather than the similar conflicts; struggle with similar circumstances such as Protagonist vs. Society, Protagonist vs. Another Character and Protagonist vs. Supernatural. The stories reveal that they are faced with problems with society, another character and the supernatural.
The first conflicts the protagonists are faced with in all three stories are protagonist vs. society. In the “Story of an Hour”, Chopin, Mrs. Mallard is conflicted with her society because she is unhappy in her marriage. The society then told her to stay with Mr. Mallard in the unhappy marriage when it should’ve told her to leave. Society played a big role in not letting her gain her freedom. And yet she loved him---- sometimes, Chopin, 198”. In the story, “The Secret Lion, by Albert Rios, The Protagonists expresses, the concern for society not allowing him to evolve. “If you went up to the teacher and said the word and try to find out what it meant you got in trouble for saying it”, Rios, 168”. Mother never answered any questions her son asked, He a asked question about the mountains, and his mother replied “nothingdontworryaboutit” Rios, 170. A Worn Path by Eudora Welty. Old Phoenix was out walking through the woods, she noticed that the “Sun so high!” she cried, learning back and looking, while the thick tears went over her eyes. “The time getting all gone here, Welty 503”. Old Phoenix realizes that time is against her and she must hurry to complete her journey. On page 505 she has a conversation with the hunter,
“On your way home?” said Hunter
“No Sir, I going to town”, said Phoenix
“Why, that’s too far”, said Hunter