Essay on Analysis Of Kate Chopin 's The Story Of An Hour

1011 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Often times, stories, short stories, and even poems contain the same theme. The theme in a piece of literature is based off the characters, action, and setting that make up the story. It is simply the crucial message of a story or poem and brings a more in depth meaning to what is being read. Themes can be expressed in many different ways, it all depends on how the writer wants to show the message to the audience. The writer can plainly state it or make it unspoken but implied. More often however, writers do not outright state the theme, they want the reader to have to read deeper into the piece to understand it. For instance, the story and poems “The Story of an Hour,” “Suicide Note”, and “To an Athlete Dying Young” all have the underlying theme of death being a easy way to freedom. Each writer expresses this theme in their own personal way based off their beliefs and view of life.

Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” first appeared in Vogue in 1894. It is a short story about the thoughts of a woman after she was told that her husband has died in an accident. The story is set in the late 19th century, around this time men were seen as the dominant of the household and had full control over their wives. Women were portrayed as to not having real jobs, but staying at home taking care of the house and cooking instead. The wife in the story, Louise Mallard, has a heart problem and hears the news that her husband has died in a railroad accident, she then grieves for a moment…

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