Analysis Of The Story ' The Story Of An Hour ' By Kate Chopin

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Eddly Noel
English Literature and Writing
Professor Johnson
27 October 2014
Oppression
In Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour” oppression is epitomized as the state of being subject to control or distress. At the beginning of the story, Louise Mallard’s family gently informs her of her husband’s death in a train accident. Knowing that Mrs. Mallard suffered from heart trouble, they had to carefully convey the sad message. At this moment, Mrs. Mallard is feeling heavily burdened and retreats away from her family and has locked herself in her room, a place she frequently spends time in. Alone in this room, Louise is overcome with a sense of freedom, she realizes that she is now an independent woman. It seems as if Mrs. Mallard frequently spending time in her room is the cause of having no personal freedom, my theory is that she felt socially oppressed around her family. Mrs. Mallard feeling rather entranced at her husbands death portrays that she must have felt trapped in her marriage. Mrs. Mallard is a victim of oppression. “Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhold, imploring for admission. "Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door--you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven 's sake open the door.” — Why must Josephine, Louise’s sister, beg of Louise to let her in. Conceivably, Josephine felt that a time like this ,where Louise is emotionally depressed , with her illness it would be better for Louise…
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