Kate Chopin's `The Story of an Hour' is a short yet complex piece describing the feelings of Mrs Mallard. This story is overflowing with symbolism and imagery. The most prominent theme here is the longing for freedom. Chopin focuses on unfolding the emotional state of Mrs Mallard which can be separated into three stages: quickly moving to grief, through a sense of newfound freedom, and finally into the despair of the loss of that freedom.
`The Story of an Hour' was written in the nineteenth century and during this time highly restrictive gender roles forbade women to live as they saw fit. Kate Chopin presents in her story, the picture of a marriage where the women celebrates the death of her husband. Mrs Mallard was married to a man who brought her more happiness rather dead than alive. The author relates the social oppression of that time in a powerful way here. By using literary devices such as imagery, tone and setting, Kate Chopin depicts the joy of Mrs Mallard up...
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