Story Of An Hour Patriarchy

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How does a person determine who is being dominated in a story? A story can cloud our judgment and emotions to not be able to see the bigger picture. This passage is when Louise Mallard hears about her husband’s death and how she reacts to the news while having health problems. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, while containing elements of matriarchy, is a patriarchy piece due to bodily and capability inequality with a theme of free will. This story is a patriarchal piece because Louise Mallard’s husband dies to create a sad emotion for her. The author points out, “knowing the Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death” (Chopin 161). This can mean that hearing about her husband’s death could cause her heart troubles get worse; however, looking more closely with her husband gone he can no longer care for her anymore. The former is less likely than the latter from seeing her heart troubles stop her from doing too much in life. Her heart trouble causes her not to work just as…show more content…
Mallard cannot care for herself. Josephine says, “Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door—you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven’s sake open the door” (Chopin 162). Shown how worried her sister is for her health it creates a thin line between what Louise can and cannot do. This relates to when a kid gets sick and has to be taken care of, so they can get better; despite her being sick, she can no longer get better so easily with her heart troubles. When she needs to be taken care of this causes her family to watch over her and her every need carefully. This quote shows how she’s fragile and cannot be all by herself just in case something happens to her. Overall, this shows how Louise has some power over everyone doing something for her need because of being bodily
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