Essay about Struggles for Women in Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour

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One can image the struggles women went through during the nineteenth-century having no better option than to be married, widowed, or worse. As a result, Kate Chopin’s theme in “The Story of an hour” in the book Backpack Literature: An Introduction of Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing might have expressed one of many aspects that women struggled with during that time in an alternating, omniscient point of view. To put it lightly, marriage being one of those struggles in the story makes us think if marriage is not for everyone. Through the author’s diction, it will be clear that Mrs. Louise Mallard being the main character struggles with the antagonist, which is the institution of marriage, and she has a realization that she might have…show more content…
Moreover, as the reader, we see that “she loved him sometimes” but through her thoughts and action, she did not want to be married to Mr. Brently Mallard. All things considered, this implies that Louise might not have liked the institution of marriage at all. This is where Louise expresses some details as to why she sees marriage as a negative. For instance, Chopin writes Louise thoughts as “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination…She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long” (Chopin 170). Well reflecting on her marriage, Louise thinks imposing one’s will power on another, good or bad, is a crime, and she feels that the husband and wife in marriage impose their will on each other, which causes a form of ill-will and the feeling of being confined in their companionship. Now all that matters is that she can achieve freedom. This being one of her “illuminations” that convinces her that in wedlock, she has no real independence. As an illustration, she justifies her feelings of marriage and how it cannot be weighed against her interdependence. The views the narrator
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