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Most of Chopin’s stories are centered on women whom were forced to cope with situations such as prostitution, disease, and abuse. Chopin was best known for her publication of The Awakening in 1889, but it was quickly condemned after she had written it. The unsettling material within it brought her writing career to a quick halt. People were accustomed to romantic fiction and were greatly disturbed by Chopin’s female protagonist, Edna Pontellier, because of her scandalous affairs she had with other men outside of her marriage. Chopin died on August 22nd, 1904 from a cerebral hemorrhage, so she never experienced people admiring her novel.
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After coming to terms with the news and actually being happy about having her freedom, her husband walks through the door, the shock causes her to drop dead. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” she uses a disturbing scenario to shed light on the way women were trapped in their lives during the turn of the century. In “The Story of an Hour” “The Story of an Hour” is a tragic tale of loss, the loss of a loved one and the loss of freedom which is a key point in this story. Kate Chopin weaves an intricate tale and uses a view point that most people do not when their husband is perceived dead. The thoughts of the freedom that our main character Mrs. Mallard feels as she learns the tragic news is definitely not the emotion that would be expected but for her it truly is release.
The objects and spring time help her confront her guilt. When she is pulled away from the window her freedom is also ripped away. When she learns her husband is alive she can’t bear the thought and soon her whole world “descended”. (489) Saldivar4 In “The Story of an Hour” Chopin uses irony in a way that gives the ending a shocking surprise. According to the University of Hawaii the character Louis feelscontrolled as “She sometimes loved her husband, but in a way she has been dead, a body subjected t... ... middle of paper ... ...ve been the cause of her death.
After hearing of her husband’s death, “Ms. Mallard wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister arms” (Chopin, The Story of an Hour). Although the question will arise whether Mrs. Mallard really loved her husband or if she just was acting, the story states that... ... middle of paper ... ...eenth century a woman did not have a voice, Husbands are starting to realize that their wives do not have to take care of the household responsibilities and appreciate their wives. Marriage has changed since the nineteenth century however there is still a lot of changes that need to takes place. Work Cited Hoeflinger, Deborah.