Considering the status of women in the late nineteenth century, Louise Mallard is a sympathetic character; she represents the oppression of women and the futility of asserting female identity in a patriarchal society. Kate Chopin’s works explore female identity in a patriarchal society and place emphasis on women’s self-worth. In Louisiana, where Chopin lived at the time, wives were considered to be the lawful property of their husbands. They were bound to serve and love their husbands with no way of being independent without social stigma forcing them to be submissive. It is important to note that her stories were written before the feminist movement of the late nineteenth century began.
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During the war they had slaves in her house and, “her family supported the South” (1). The Civil W... ... middle of paper ... ... it is romance. It makes them feel how the women feel you go through it. When she was growing up she lost some of her family, which affected her as a teenager and adult and also made her write about her feelings in journals. Kate Chopin went through many difficulties in her life and she lost a lot of loved ones but she stuck threw them and that just makes her all the more incredible author.
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 story and Kate Chopin’s views on the world all surround the tragedy that she experienced in her own life which has led to countless short stories and books that to this day are widely respected and read. Mrs. Mallard suffers from a weak heart so when she finds out about her husband’s death it is done very carefully. “It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (Chopin par.... ... middle of paper ... ...r” is no different because when her own husband died she to gained a great freedom. The way that Mrs. Mallard reacts in “The Story of an Hour” is truly disturbing but it is thought provoking and really brings out a lot of points about the way that women during the turn of the century actually saw their husbands.
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.
She kept repeating the word free when she received the news that her husband died. Mrs. Mallard felt oppressed because in the story she said “Free! Body and soul free!” (Chopin, The Story of an Hour). Though Mrs. Mallard felt oppressed by Mr. Mallard she still loved him. After hearing of her husband’s death, “Ms.
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Living an utterly limited lifestyle, women suffocated from the anxious feeling of being locked. A corset, popular fashion item in the 19th century, symbolizes the constrictive lives that restricted women to even breathe freely. An epitome of a content marriage in the 19th century was when husband was able to financially support the family while the wife supported her husband to the fullest. Since women were nearly brainwashed to serve their husbands and males, some women were not even aware of the possibility of tasting the succulent taste of freedom until they faced an unexpected opportunity. In ‘The Story of an Hour’, Louise goes ... ... middle of paper ... ... inheritance on prostitution, take their children elsewhere, and many more immoral actions.
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