"The story of an hour" has many themes, but mostly shows one main theme, which is dysfunctional marriage. Women in the 19th century were prisoners of their husbands. Life was male dominated. Women were expected to stay at home to cook and raise the children. Not many women had jobs at that time, and even the ones who did, they were paid salaries less than men were.
This short story is about the main character Mrs. Mallard who has a heart problem, who got the bad news from her sister Josephine of her husband 's death in a railroad disaster. Her husband 's friend Richard was also with them. They brought her the news gently because they were concerned it might put her in danger because of her heart problem. Mrs. Mallard started crying at once, went upstairs, and locked her self in her room. Ironically, she started feeling happy and free. She felt free from the depressing life she was living, she didn 't have to live for anyone else but herself now. As Josephine when up to her and took her downstairs, the door was opened and surprisingly Mr. Mallard stood there. He was far away from the accident and did not know anything about it. Richard tried to hide the scene of Mrs. Mallard. When the doctors arrived they said that she had died of her heart disease, from the "joy that kills".
The title of the story is referred to that everything happened within only one hour, she felt happy and free, thought of the life ahead of her, and died all in an hour. The setting is in the 19th century, which is important to the theme of the story, because at that time women were controlled by their husbands. Marriage was more about monetary comfort, social status and acceptance. It wasn 't about love. Few characters were mentio...
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... her husband 's death, she was referred to as her name "Liouse", that she got her identity back. Now at the end she 's referred to as "wife". The doctors have said that she died of a heart disease, of the "joy that kills", ironically here the "joy" she felt wasn’t of her husband 's return, it was the news of his death, and it was the sadness of his return that killed her.
The story was told in a third person narrator, and the genre is drama.
I enjoyed reading the short story, it keeps the reader wanting to know what will happen next. Through it I, and through analyzing the story and the setting, I learned how women lived in the 19th century, where they were not given all their rights and were prisoners of their husbands. Where today women have many options, they have their rights and the opportunities in many fields, and can even be more successful than men can.
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