Critical Analysis Of Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Kate Chopin is a well-known, celebrated and studied author of the nineteenth century. She was born into the opulent O’Flaherty family in 1850. Tragedy struck her family early and often. Her father, Thomas O’Flaherty, was the founder of the Pacific Railroad however; he died on the inaugural ride when Kate was still a young child. For the next few years, her mother, Eliza Farris O’Flaherty, and her great-grandmother influenced her life. Her mother was a part of the prominent socialites of the area and her great-grandmother assisted Kate with studying French and the piano while telling her anecdotes about European colonists from times of old. Throughout Kate’s school years, she enjoyed reading a wide range of written works from fairy tales to …show more content…
As with all pieces of written works, there are those that are neutral, those who support it and those that oppose it. One literary critic that opposes Chopin’s short story is Daniel P. Deneau who wrote “Chopin’s ‘The Story of an Hour.’ (Deneau 210-213).” In Deneau’s critical review, he discusses the self-assertion, irony and freedom. Where some may see Mrs. Mallard has an oppressed woman longing for her freedom from a male-dominated society Deneau questions if instead Mrs. Mallard is “an egocentric, selfish monster or anomaly” (Deneau 210-213). When Mrs. Mallard learns of her husband’s passing, she experiences a range of emotions, from grieving for her husband to celebrating her freedom, at a quick pace and while some may describe this range as sadness to rejoicing, Deneau takes a twisted turn when he compares the range of emotions as a “terrifying rape” (Deneau 210-213) and “spiritually illuminating” (Deneau 210-213). One literary critic that supports Chopin’s short story is Jennifer Hicks who wrote the critical review titled “An overview of “The Story of an Hour” (Hicks). While many readers may interrupt Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition as actual heart disease or a physically weak heart Hicks argues, “the problem with her heart is that her marriage has not allowed her to “live for herself.” (Hicks) thereby eluding that she suffers from a broken

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