Kate Chopin 's An Hour

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Author Kate Chopin is famous for some of the most influential feminist stories and novels in the Western canon. “The Story of an Hour” is one such text. In this story, Chopin tackles many of the concerns that are essential to feminism, including the willpower and expression of a woman’s distinctive identity separate from the identity of her husband and the right of a woman to identify and experience her own interests. While there is an aspect of this story that is provocative, namely, that Mrs. Mallard feels excited after learning that her husband has died, the reader can empathize with Mrs. Mallard’s feelings and support her.
Critics on Kate Chopin seem to focus their criticism on her themes and particular text than her overall writing skills. One popular book for critics seems to be her novel “The Awakening.” The book is now herald as her greatest work, yet when it was written reviewers rejected it for its “improper” and “vulgar” subject matter (Stripe). One critic deems it “not a healthy book,” and another determine that “it leaves one sick of human nature.” One writer even said the language to describe the story was not fit for publication (Stripe). But today “The Awakening” is widely embraced, and one critic in embracing the book said, “Mrs. Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening,’ seems to me to be the finest novel of its sort written by an American, and to rank among the world’s masterpieces of short fiction” (Cantwell).
The short story is a powerful tale about a woman, Mrs.

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