The Story Of An Hour And A Pair Of Silk Stockings By Kate Chopin

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Chopin Expresses Feminine Repression Authors often have their own literary repertoire, or style, to appeal to the audience in which they are writing to. Kate Chopin is a well-known writer, known for her works that mainly focus around women and their expected roles in society. Chopin’s writings are often based on the effect that the turn of the century had on women, which she best expresses in her two short stories “The Story of an Hour” and “A Pair of Silk Stockings”. In both of the stories previously stated, the author gives the audience just enough background on the main characters, both female, and their trapped everyday life; so that throughout each story, the reader can connect and better understand the author’s purpose. By using literary elements, Kate Chopin does an outstanding job of relating to the audience with the realism of feminism. Kate Chopin uses elements such as setting, tone, and irony in her short stories “The Story of an Hour” and “A Pair of Silk Stockings” to express her ideas concerning societal expectations of women in the 1800’s. Writers use many literary elements to help connect to their stories; Kate Chopin does an excellent job of doing so by using tone. Webster’s Dictionary defines tone as “a general character or attitude or situational piece of writing”. In Chopin’s “A Story of an Hour”, she uses a dramatic death to set a depressing tone. The anxiety and overwhelming wave of feelings that comes over the audience when reading about

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