Critical Analysis Of The Story Of An Hour

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"The Story of an Hour" analysis "The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin was originally published in 1894, the story documents the reaction of Mrs. Mallard learning of her husband’s death. This is a short story and take place over about an hour of time. The scene takes place within the Mallard’s home with only a few characters involved. Wives in the 1900’s were nearly legally bound to their husbands’ influence and standing. She begins to realize that she will have the freedom as a widow and control her life how she wants. At the start of the story, we know that Louise Mallard “was afflicted with a heart trouble” p.447. Therefore, hinted to that Richard (who is Brently Mallard’s friend who happened to be in the newspaper office when the news came) and Josephine (Louise’s sister) must break the new of Brently death lightly to Louise. Josephine notifies her "in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing." p.447 In response, Louise starts to cry openly and rushes into her sister’s arms. After a moment she leaves to sit alone in her room alone. It seems that this era, this same news had been told to countless wife’s. Probably with the same reaction at first, despair and unwillingness to accept the news.
Exhausted, Louise sits in her bedroom facing the window in an armchair, while taking in all the beauty of the outside, she seems to see and hear all the things but not absorb them. There is an occasional sob that escapes her body to break the silence of the
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