Story Of An Hour Critical Analysis

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“The Story of an Hour” is a short story, written in 1894, by Kate Chopin. There is an underlying theme of social issues, such as independence or freedom for women in the 1800’s. This is displayed throughout the story through the setting of the story taking place in the 1800s, through the plot and character development of Louise Mallard, and through various symbols.
It wasn’t until 1920, when the women’s suffrage movement was successful in giving women a voice, through the right to vote. Due to this story being written before this movement, the women in the story had no independence and were controlled by their husbands. In this story, Louise Mallard is granted her freedom through the death of her husband. “The Story of an Hour” is told through the eyes of the protagonist, Louise Mallard. She is introduced as a woman with heart troubles. This diagnosis is a physical illness as well as a hidden symbol for her dissatisfaction in her life and marriage. Because her heart is weak, Louise is broken the news of her husband’s death gently, by her sister Josephine. “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break her the news as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death. It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (Chopin para 2). Josephine was delivered the news that there had been a railroad accident, by Louise’s husband’s friend, Richards. Richards worked in

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