A Lot Can Happen in an Hour Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour

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The Major theme in “Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin is the forbidden pleasures of freedom for women. This story was written in a time where women had no independence. They lived their lives for their husbands and not for themselves. While reading we see the oppression women faced in marriages, and the guilt they faced when desiring their freedom from the lives that they lived.

In the beginning of “Story of an Hour” the readers are introduced to Louise Mallard who found out that her husband has died in an accident. Louise reacts to the news like we would expect any wife would. At first she is obviously upset so she excuses herself and rushes off to her bedroom to have some space. While in her room she realizes that she in some sense she was happy. Now she had her freedom. “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under the breath: “free, free, free!” The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and r...
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