Story Of An Hour Literary Analysis

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The Contract “The Story of an Hour” depicts the telling of a spouse’s death, and how the wife reacted to the information. Marriage to most in the 21st century is how one shows the greatest extent of their love. However, to myself marriage is nothing but a piece of paper people sign, that gives another a right to half their earnings. Marriage does not quantify love. “The Story of an Hour” shows that although the main character was married, it was not what equated her love or happiness. Marriage is a contract, not an act of affection. People should not deem marriage as the sole way someone shows their love. This text stood out to me because it showed marriage in an unsavory light. “She said it over and over and her breath: “free, free,…show more content…
This is not true and it saddens me to know that this is what is taught to generations of children who may then grow up and think what they have contributed to the world means nothing if they did not sign the marriage contract with another. As a little girl, I was not raised to think my sole purpose in life was to be a man’s wife. That is not to say that I was pushed away from the idea either. I was taught that love is in your actions. How you treat people and the things that you do for them. Some of the happiest relationships I have seen have involved parties out of wedlock. Some of the worse were married. I’ve seen husbands abuse their wives and return later to say I love you. Any sane person knows that abuse is not love, whether it be mental or physical. People get or stay married because they have children together. Again, this is not an act of love. This text was slightly overwhelming because of the length, which was three pages. It hinted at information here and there but it did not seem like a complete story. I did not find it entertaining per se but it did intrigue me how the writer described certain aspects of the story. “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life (Chopin 66).” After reading the story for the first time I wondered why she went into such detail about the surroundings outside. Then,
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