Kate Chopin writes an impressive short story titled “The Story of an Hour” about a woman who begins to live the very moment word is heard that her husband has died. Most would see this as an insensitive way to react to such a tragedy. In a state of emotional distress at the initial hearing of the news, Louise Mallard begins to cry for two reasons; her emotions are drowning in agony and she is also aware that it is expected of her to react in such a way. However, once she is able to sneak away from those who are looking for her reaction, she is overcome with an intense amount of joy because she feels that she is finally free from the shadows of a man. The way Chopin formulates and executes this story allows the reader to begin to make sense
Chopin herself only became successful after the loss of her husband. In “The Story of an Hour”, Chopin shows women’s struggle for freedom during the Victorian period through Mrs. Mallard’s struggle for her own freedom. Chopin first shows the struggle by telling how Mrs. Mallard’s sister, Josephine, and friend, Richards, expect Mrs. Mallard to react to her husband’s death. Chopin starts the story by saying, “[k]nowing the Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble, great care was taken to break her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (30). The heart condition introduced in the first line of the story is actually the weakness
On the other hand, it can be argued that the narrator is male and Louise was punished because of her despicable pleasure on Brently’s death. But from whatever perspective the story was written, Chopin tried to make the readers perceive that it was a common story of the women in nineteenth century by using “The story” in the title instead of “A Story”. Because of its nature, readers may need to reread the story for finding the gist. The readers instinctively have to support either Louise or Brently as Kate Chopin kept the point of argument very open and confirmed the likelihood of any reason behind Louise’s death.
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a provocative story that may have kicked-off "modern" feminist literature. Originally written in 1894, the story addresses women’s role in the late 19th century, directing harsh attack against the Victorian ideal of “the Angel of the House” that was mainly dominant at that age and it saw woman as a docile, self-sacrificing, and naive creature that have no sense of individuality. Highlighting such a bold perspective, Chopin’s story reflects the unusual reaction of her protaginist upon learning of her husband’s death. Chopin describes Louise’s emotions as shifting between grief and ecstasy at her newfound freedom. It is through such story that Chopin is able to accantiuate her very outstanding ideology
However, I wouldn't say that this is the theme of the story, which I'll get back to. Louise Mallard is a young, yet married woman who suffers from heart trouble, and that's why her closest relatives feel that they have to break the news to her as gently as possible. Immediately after hearing the shocking news, Louise starts crying, and storms into her room. Since Louise spends the majority of the short-story in her room, this is the setting of the story. Noone really knows early in the story how Louise really feels about her husband dying.
“There is no perfect relationship. The idea that there is gets us into so much trouble.”-Maggie Reyes. Kate Chopin reacts to this certain idea that relationships in a marriage during the late 1800’s were a prison for women. Through the main protagonist of her story, Mrs. Mallard, the audience clearly exemplifies with what feelings she had during the process of her husbands assumed death. Chopin demonstrates in “The Story of an Hour” the oppression that women faced in marriage through the understandings of: forbidden joy of independence, the inherent burdens of marriage between men and women and how these two points help the audience to further understand the norms of this time.
What helps reiterate this theme is the reoccurring dramatic and situational irony throughout this short story. In this short story it is mentioned that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble and in the end died from that very disease. Mrs. Mallard was already physically and emotionally weak from the very beginning causing her sister Josephine and Mr. Mallards friend Richard to tell her the sad news of her husbands death with great care. After hearing such heartbreaking news from her sister, Mrs. Mallard, “wept at once, with wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms,”(Chopin 236) which clearly demonstrates her vulnerably weak and dependent side on others. Following this event Mrs. Mallard excuses herself and goes to her bedroom to grief and be alone.
Through taking the decisions to commit forgery, plead on Mr. Krogstad’s behalf, and leave her home, Nora’s steps to becoming an independent woman can be seen. Although Nora had internal struggles, and disagreements with her husband on the way to become the independent woman she wished to be, in the end she did reach that goal. She finally became ready to mature and educate herself. Works Cited Ibsen, Henrik. “A Doll’s House.” The Norton Introduction to Literature.
The sisters do not care for each other as Sister says “She was first to go with Mr. Whitaker until Stella-Rondo broke them up” (Welty 261). This is a major point that lets us understand that sister does have a huge problem with Stella-Rondo, and helps us to understand that there is a grudge and a need to be better than one another. The only way Sister see... ... middle of paper ... ...ught process. In “Why I live at the P.O.” the way we see her family talking about her and how her family doesn’t get along we feel the want for Sister to become independent and get away from the disrespect of her family. “Why I Live at the P.O.” and “A&P” both character narrators are searching for their independence from the rest of the people around them and the world, but Sister finds a planned out way and succeeds were Sammy doesn’t plan and acts on impulse losing everything.
Social Commentary in Chopin's The Story of an Hour IN "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin tells the tale of a woman who learns of her husband's untimely death, seeks solitude in which she proceeds to reflect upon this incident and its implications, has a life-altering/-giving epiphany, and proceeds to have all of the fresh hope and elation that had accompanied this experience dashed when her supposedly dead husband appears alive and well at her door, thereby inducing her sudden death. Read in isolation, it seems as if this is merely a detailed account of one woman's reaction to the death of her husband and, on a basic and concrete level, it is. However, to grasp Chopin's intended themes and to gain a true appreciation and understanding of the piece, we must consider it within a broader context. The author dexterously weaves a great deal of social commentary and feminist ideas through her work which may only be perceived if we consider the prevalent stereotypes and social expectations of women at her time, and the implications of such ideas. Upon doing so, we are able to see that Chopin has created a piece that vividly contrasts the true needs and wants of women with those that an oppressive society has imposed upon them, and the ultimate implications of this.