The Story Of An Hour



In Kate Chopin's ``The Story of an Hour'' the primary idea expressed is freedom for women in the late 19th century. However, freedom for the narrator is non-existent while Louise Mallard is married. She has felt trapped and oppressed by her husband their entire marriage. Suddenly, her husband dies in the story, which causes mixed emotions for Louise. She mourns the loss of her husband, but at the same time Louise feels a sense of happiness for her new-found freedom. Louise understands that she will now be living for herself. Unfortunately for Louise, once she embraces her happiness her husband comes home and Mrs. Mallard dies from the loss of ...

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regret marriage. Most women were becoming unsatisfied with the housewife role; However, most of these women with unsatisfied lifestyles knew that there was nothing better they could do independently. This is because women did not have the same rights as men during the 19th century.

The story does not indicate how long the Mallard's have been married for, however, the length of their marriage does not matter. As a woman in the late 19th century Louise knew that as soon as she got married she would be serving her husband for the duration of their marriage. Therefore Louise felt trapped as soon as she got married to Brently. Brently's death opened Louise's mind to a world she could never have imagined before. Instead of fulfilling every one of her husband's needs, Louise could now worry about herself and take care of herself. Louise never expected to experience this type of freedom, as the reader we learn this when Chopin states ``it was only yesterday she had thought with a ...

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and traumatized. Louise is definitely extremely hurt by the loss of her husband but while she is locked away in her room she begins to feel differently. Once Louise accepts the death of her husband she begins to feel a sense of happiness, yet only when Louise is alone does she show signs of joy. The fact that she expresses this joy behind closed doors portrays how Louise understands that people would be suspicious of Louise if anyone noticed her joy during the time of her husband's death. Feeling happy after hearing about the death of your husband seems like a very heartless and selfish act; However, Louise is not heartless because she still loves her husband. While alone in her ...

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