The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. Chopin was considered a classical feminist writer ahead of her time who expresses contemporary concerns. Chopin turned to writing short stories when the literary community criticized the author work. Chopin embraces a variety of subjects, and interest that dealt with slavery, women 's rights, feelings, and portraying women who want to obtain personal empowerment. The themes for her short stories deal with "female oppression and independence, as well as freedom from what oppresses them" (). One of the authors most popular short stories is the "Story of an Hour" published in 1894. This story emphasizes women who lives are controlled by men. During this era, a woman 's opinions were never heard or considered. Chopin has given little detail about the main characters, Louise and Brently Mallard life together and has, therefore, left much to the imagination of this writer. The information given in the story suggest to this writer that personal empowerment is more essential to a healthy life than marriage. The Merriam-Webster dictionary define empowerment as "to promote the self-actualization or influence of "(Merriam-Webster). Chopin describes Mrs. Mallard progressing to personal empowerment into three stages of symbolism. "The Story of an Hour" main character Louise Mallard the protagonist who has heart trouble represents how a woman after her husband 's the antagonist sudden death, finds herself free from marriage constraints and achieves personal freedom ().The story 's turning point occurs when Mrs. Mallard realizes that her life is changing and that she can n...
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...sizes the beginning of change for Mrs. Mallard 's as she move away from the typical woman of the era to her embracing her happiness and freedom. In "Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin uses three different symbols to portray the idea of freedom. The symbols showed Mrs. Mallard that she can spend the coming days living a longer life than she had hoped before. They are many women who are dealing with the same issue in this day and age of wanting personal freedom and empowerment in marriage. As mentioned in the story, men and women often forget that the other person is an individual with their thoughts and opinion; they each have hopes and dreams. It does not mean they do not love each other, but that they push each other into their belief about the other person roles in a relationship. Some spouses do not allow their wife the personal freedom to express themselves.
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