Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour: The Story of a Wife

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Joshua Dossantos
Mr. Alan LaCerra
ENC 1102 CRN 20935
February, 12 2013
Punishment
      "The Story of an Hour" is a short story in which Kate Chopin, the author, presents Mrs. Louise Mallard, Chopin's main character experiencing the crushing disappointment of her husband’s death that kills her.  Kate Chopin’s “the story of an hour” presents the story of a wife in 1894, in a time when society underestimated and do not take into consideration of women needs. The story begins with her sister’s and family’s friend’s fight to break the news to her, the story then takes the reader through the changes of Mrs. Mallard’s different emotions. Mrs. Mallard passes from grief, for her husband’s death, to joy, for her freedom, and to death for her husband’s return. The author presents the problems of a 19th century marriage, and how these develop a change in this wife’s feelings in regards to her husband’s death. In this essay I will analyze the story of an hour by using feminist criticism and evaluating the different events in the story, the characters, and how Mark Cunningham, author of “The Autonomous Female Self and the Death of Louise Mallard in Kate Chopin's ("Story of an Hour.")” article relates to my ideas of feminism. The events of the story were told chronologically, the story begins by offering a very important detail that created suspense which then became a conflict in the story. The mention of Mrs. Mallard’s heart trouble joins up the news of her husband death. This creates tension and leads the story forward to one of the most important events in story. Mrs. Mallards decides to deal with grief alone by locking herself in her room.  Though it can be said that Mrs. Mallard, for the most part did not love her husband for his controlling nature towards her. It is obvious that the narrator knows more than can be witnessed. Chopin, however, never tells the reader what Mrs. Mallard is feeling. The reader must observe what is told to figure out how Mrs. Mallard...
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