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Critical Analysis Of The Story Of An Hour

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Analysis of The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour was first published in 1894 (The Story of An Hour). The main theme of this story is oppression and loss of freedom for people, especially when they are married. The oppression happens to both women and men. This theme is demonstrated many times throughout the story. Mrs. Mallard had a weak heart, but when she was told about her husband’s accidental death, she accepted it immediately. The passage in the story is, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.” Even though Mrs. Mallard had the reputation of being delicate, she was not like other women who denied death and she faced the strong emotions that arose from the news in a straightforward way. She went to her room alone and wanted to deal with her grief by herself. The following passage occurs later, “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength” (Chopin). The use of the phrase “bespoke repression” is powerful in this sentence. The meaning of bespoke is custom made or asked for in advance, indicates the lines in her face were caused by caused by her personal repression (Bespoke). The second part of the sentence “and even a certain strength”
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