Story Of An Hour Critical Analysis

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Kate Chopin's 1894 short story “The Story of an Hour” shows the main character Louise Mallard's emotional roller coaster with the incorrect knowledge of her husband's untimely demise from a train wreck. This short story dives deep into the gender inequality of the time using the gingerly way the family informs her of her husband's demise due to what the writer refers to as 'heart trouble', to her sister’s reaction to Louise exclaiming “Free! Body and soul free!” (151). Kate Chopin places you in in Louise’s chair, forcing the reader to empathize and interpret her feelings rather than explicitly stating what the woman is going through. Leaving the information ambiguous about who or what is her oppressor allows the reader to infer as to what…show more content…
Kate goes into great detail about Louise’s hands, “as powerless as her two white slender hands” (151) eluding the reader that she had no ability to stop herself from reacting to this knowledge of the situation giving her a dainty feel until her great awaking. When she starts looking out the open window it allows her to think more than just about the now, a but about the pull of freedom that up to this point she never has. This idea leads to the reader to believe that there isn’t so much of an issue of the husband oppressing her but of self-suppression. Her instant reaction of weeping rather than the pose as other woman of the time would have done by wondering how she would carry on shows may \be more of an emotional reaction to her marriage. As I read this short story there is definite tones of self-oppression and or societal pressures on this woman more than her husband that has placed this on her.
Kate’s personal life becomes prevalent in this story because of her strong female role models in her mother and grandmother acted allowed her to break away from held beliefs of the day. The writer left husbandless with young children but also left fatherless left her to not only to grow up learning that women can support themselves that it can lead to a for filing life. This shows when Louise is “drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window” (151) dreaming about the future unencumbered by the man at that point she saw as a weight on her

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