What Is The Theme Of The Story Of An Hour

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Set in an American home in the late nineteenth century “The Story of an Hour” is a short story by American writer Kate Chopin who published as many as about hundred short stories during the 1890s. It revolves round a young married woman’s reaction to a report that her husband has died in a train accident. In this story Chopin comes up with the idea of emancipation of a woman from the tentacles of marital life through death — not of her husband but her own! Chopin ends her story saying, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease— of joy that kills.” We may ponder over what kind of a joy it is that becomes the cause of one’s demise.
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Kate Chopin was born Katherine O’Flaherty at St. Louis, Missouri in the year
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When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.” (Chopin, 210) At the very outset of the story, we are informed of her fragility as a woman. Louise has been described as one ‘afflicted with a heart trouble’ and thus, great care was taken before letting her know of her husband’s death. As the story unfolds, it occurs in our mind that her heart trouble may have stemmed from a long subdued existence under a dominant patriarchal authority. This may be inferred from Chopin’s vivid depiction of her facial structure in the line: “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression.” The story says that Mrs. Mallard had “loved [Brently] — sometimes. Often she had not.” (Chopin, 212) The obvious question that arises at this point is why she married him if she had not loved him often. Presumably, as was the custom of that century and many preceding it, hers had been a marriage-de-convenience wherein perhaps she had a little say regarding her personal
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