English 2201 Section 016
October 8, 2014
One Dramatic and Tragic Hour of a Woman
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
In this short story—literally because the story happened within an hour, Kate Chopin manages to let her readers contemplate on the roles of women, more particularly in a marital status. Chopin delivers her point by creating a story about how a woman deals with the death of her spouse. This situation gives readers a prediction, and that is how the widow will mourn for her husband or how she cannot live without him because a woman needs a man to be structured, simply by the way society depicts women. The story takes an unexpected turn when the woman feels a slight and strange joy that overwhelms her. As Chopin describes it, “a monstrous joy” that will soon be the death of her (Kate Chopin). Chopin left her audience with a sense of irony; moreover, she included many symbols, imagery, as well as themes in this story.
The story starts off by foreshadowing the death of the main character, Louise Mallard of having heart trouble. Death is a theme that circulates throughout the story and lasted to the very end. During the story, Louise is grieving over the news that her husband had died; however, minutes later she looks at his accident as a good thing. With her new and altered perception of death, it seems as though she thinks that death is the answer to her dreadful obligation of a marriage lifestyle. Louise says, “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature” (Kate Chopin). Louise felt trapped as a wife and because her husband has died, she can now be free. Although some may argue that she is not oppressed because of her husband, but because of her heart disease. This restricts her and prevents her from being fully independent. Freedom is a relevant topic discussed in this story because...
Cited: Chopin, Kate, and Kate Chopin. The Story of an Hour. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 2001. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
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