October 16, 2014
The Story of an Hour Essay
In the short story “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, the protagonist of the story, Laurie Mallard is freed from the imprisonment of her marriage. Laurie is imprisoned in three ways, first by her marriage to Brently, who seems to have a terrible relationship with her. Then by her heart trouble, which is caused by her marriage. Lastly she is imprisoned inside her home as a housewife. Due to her husband’s death, Laurie has freedom, from her marriage, her heart trouble, and the restriction to her house. Marriage is a major part of this story, between Laurie and Brently, that causes her imprisonment. After learning that her husband died, Laurie, did not take the news like other women would. She started to cry in her sister’s arms, and then went to her room alone to grieve (Chopin, 1). The story takes place around 1894, during this time men look for Women who are “young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength” and that is exactly what Laurie was, but in the relationships the man was the one in command (Chopin, 1). Brently seemed to be a harsh, or maybe even abusive leader, which leads to why Laurie would have heart problems. Laurie has a bad heart, mainly because of her problems. Brently had died, leaving Laurie by alone and free, but before that he had done things that ruined Laurie’s heart. When the story began the reader learned that Laurie had heart trouble, but she did not get heart trouble from a normal cause, instead Brently hurt her in a way to give her the heart trauma. Although the story does not tell you anything before Brently’s ‘death’, it gives clues to the freedom that was coming for her, a freedom from Brently, that was creeping out of the sky (Chopin, 1). At first she was depressed by her husband’s ‘death’, but after that she wanted to live longer and have time by herself (Chopin, 2). A housewife rarely ever...
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