The Story of an Hour

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The Story of an Hour is one of the greatest short stories ever written in English language. In this story Kate Chopin meticulously incorporated her unique style of writing and through such infusion the author tried to convey to the readers the pains and agonies from which women usually suffered while dwelling within the male dominated society. By presenting before the readers the emotional turmoil and psychological transition of the protagonist Mrs. Millard, Chopin succeeded to reveal the dark truths of married life, a life in which, conventionally, women are held imprisoned by rigid social conventions. By conveying the positive emotional state of Mrs. Millard, along with the a sense of triumph, which she experienced after learning about her husband’s death, clearly points to the fact that the central theme of the story is undoubtedly about the relation between marriage and imprisonment which no one but an unhappily married woman can understand. Though not stated directly by Chopin, the pivotal theme of the story circles round the dilemma from which women usually suffer when they are forced to lead a married life devoid of love and freedom and this theme has been conveyed scrupulously by the author through the infusion of selective style of writing, sentence structure, word use, use of figure of speech, and use of symbolism. In this story Chopin did employ the strategy of third person omniscient point of view which is “a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story” (Wiehardt, n.d.). To ascertain the implementation of such method one can quote the following line: “But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air” (Chopin, 1894). Going through this line it can be understood that the narrator is like a God who can read the mind of the character and can understand her thoughts and feelings and moreover, the narrator has an...
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