The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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In Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour” reader’s see a potentially long story put into a few pages filled with rising action, climax and even death. In the beginning of the story, character Louise Mallard, who has a heart condition, is told of the death of her husband by her sister and one of her husband’s friends. Afterwards Mrs. Mallard is filled with emptiness and then joy of freedom. This joy of freedom is actually what consequently leads to her death in the end when she discovers her husband is really not dead. In “The Story of an Hour”, Louise Mallard’s death is a result of her joy in freedom from her marriage rather than the joy of seeing her husband alive. Readers can look at this story in many ways and understand it from their own views, one being a feminist view. This meaning that Louise Mallard lived in a time where the women was submissive in her marriage. She would rely on her husband and take care of the house because that is what women were supposed to do back then. Some women, like Louise, were finally free from their state of marriage whenever their husbands passed, whether they were in terrible marriages or just had a self-ruling state of mind. Readers must understand that Louise was free from her marriage because she had a self-ruling state of mind. She felt free from her husband and all the duties she had to do. The reason this story is being looked at from a feminist view is because reader’s need to know why Louise Mallard actually died.

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