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Struggles for Women in Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour

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One can image the struggles women went through during the nineteenth-century having no better option than to be married, widowed, or worse. As a result, Kate Chopin’s theme in “The Story of an hour” in the book Backpack Literature: An Introduction of Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing might have expressed one of many aspects that women struggled with during that time in an alternating, omniscient point of view. To put it lightly, marriage being one of those struggles in the story makes us think if marriage is not for everyone. Through the author’s diction, it will be clear that Mrs. Louise Mallard being the main character struggles with the antagonist, which is the institution of marriage, and she has a realization that she might have defeated the enemy and freed herself, but the institution being there in the end kills the protagonist.
Knowing that Louise had a heart condition and then finding out her husband is dead. Chopin symbolism of how Louise felt was “When the storm of grief had spent itself, she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her” (Chopin 169). Hence, this shows her comfort in confined areas to relax her troubled heart, yet she did not want to go to see her husband and mourn his death. As well as, the death of her husband was not enough to kill her from a broken heart because of her condition. Finally, Louise not wanting companionship in her room shows that what she strives for has not been found in its entirety.
The turning point to her real feelings about her being married has come to realization. This overwhelming feeling came over Louise, and the author wrote, “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with h...

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...ense of freedom. The grief of her husband’s death is gone. At this point, she is done and wants to press on to this new strong view of life after marriage.
All though the diction in the end implies the doctor believes she died from joy of seeing her husband alive, which was too much for her heart, yet all the eloquence that the narrator expressed through the protagonist implies that she died from the reintroduction of marriage's confinements when she found her husband still lived. This situational irony gives the reader an idea that it could be from the joy of a union, but that it is not always what it seems. The Louise Mallard was a dynamic and round character; she transforms throughout the story emotionally, yet in the end her change was permanent. Although she might have gotten that freedom from her confinements but maybe not the way, she wanted her freedom.
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