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The Story Of An Hour And The Awakening Feminist Analysis

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At the end of 19th century, American society presented an ideology of patriarchy. Feminists struggle for the equality and discrimination against female. As feminist movement started, lots of female writers were explored. One of the most famous writers is Kate Chopin. Her works mostly present a theme of women pursue freedom and equality. “The Story Of An Hour” and “The Awakening” are her representative works. In these two works, Kate Chopin reveals how women lived under the oppression of male-dominated society, especially for women who got married. They were not financially independent and their freedom and rights were deprived. Therefore female were forced to be an “angle in the home”. Both challenge the preconception that women can only be a housekeeper and marriage is the only way out.
“The Story of an Hour” was narrated by the third person. The main character Mrs. Mallard is a housewife and she has a heart trouble. Her Husband dies in a railroad disaster. When she heard the news, “she did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms” (Pg 93). She did not cry out immediately, she seems shocked for a while and suddenly break out. From my opinion, she isn’t shocked, she is surprised. She is not just cry for the death of Mr. Mallard, but also for the free life that she’s going to live. She has been trapped and pressed for so long. Husband’s
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