Kate Chopin The Story Of An Hour Literary Analysis

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Kate Chopin is an American author famous for her short stories and novels. Chopin was a woman ahead of her time. She sparked controversy with the way she portrayed women and marriage in several of her works, such as “The Awakening”, “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour”. She was an independent thinker who fought, with words, for individuality among women. Many say that she laid the foundation for feminism. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. “There was a revival of interest in Chopin in the late 20th century because her concerns about the freedom of women foreshadowed later feminist literary themes” (“Kate Chopin”). “The Story of an Hour”, with its overwhelming feministic theme, in my opinion, is evidence enough that she was a feminist before feminism had even come about. Chopin came from a long line of strong women. Her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were all widowed at a young age. Her grandmother preached that life needed to be lived “clearly and fearlessly”. Kate …show more content…
Kate Chopin is from the Victorian Era. Men dominated society in the Victorian Era. The most important thing a woman could do was get married. Even then, getting married was not really a choice, it was as if it were a necessity for survival. “Barred by law and custom from entering trades and professions by which they could support themselves, and restricted in the possession of property, woman had only one means of livelihood, that of marriage” (Kent 86). Once a woman got married, it was as if her rights, property, and even identity failed to exist. She became whatever her husband wanted her to be. Maybe that is why Kate Chopin stepped outside the boundaries of what most authors were writing during that time; to make a statement for women

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