Feminism In Felicia Appell's The Story Of An Hour

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Felicia Appell makes the reader feel as if they were in the Victorian ages with the very detailed insight into the thought process of the men and women during this time. The men and women during this time were constantly trying to live up to unreal expectations that were very hard to reach. If the man or women did not reach these expectations they were suited unfit and an unsuitable mate for marriage. Before marriage, the woman was taught housework skills like weaving and cooking that they will use once they are married. The thought process of women only doing housework and males doing everything else came from the work of Shakespeare. The Victorian ideals revolved around the works of Shakespeare and that there were two types of women; plain and colored. Those who are colored are not useful to society while those who were plain were useful to society and become the mothers and wives. Beasley, Chris. What Is Feminism: An Introduction to Feminist Theory. London: Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1999. Print. Chris Beasley points out that feminism isn’t just the simple movement to try and make the women’s word and ideas equal to the males. It is much more than that, it requires changing the views of everyone around the world. Around the world, it is the male’s views and thoughts…show more content…
The deep and ironic meaning that are portrayed within this writing can be seen as many different things. Berkove believes the deep and ironic meaning to the story is that “Louise Mallard is an immature egotist and a victim of her own self-assertion.” Although this is what Berkove thinks it is unclear to anyone besides the author what the true meaning behind the story is. It is not until recently that the interpretation of the story has a feminist movement background to it as light is shed on the way marriages were constructed and managed during the Victorian