Patriarchy In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Kate Chopin was one author that challenged patriarchy through her writing. As Sümer said, “Chopin, a master of the short story genre consistently used her fiction to fight for greater freedom and fulfillment for women… and clearly expressed her expanding thoughts on the female condition in her short stories”(192). In many of her works she contrasted the social views of the time to express how women really felt about certain topics, in particular sexuality and independence. During the victorian era, sexuality, and in particular feminine sexuality was a taboo topic. For a woman to write about that would have been revolutionary. In “The Story of an Hour”, she focuses on the freedom gained from being without a man. This was based off of her personal experiences. Her husband died, leaving her to raise the children on her own, and giving her the freedom to control herself and the family as she pleased (Chopin 287).
In “The Story of an Hour”, the main character has mixed emotions about her husband’s death. After receiving the news, she retreats into her room to grieve alone. During this time, however, she relishes the feeling as she discovers that she has escaped the clutches of patriarchal society. Joy rushes over her as she looks out the window, figuratively into freedom and future, “drinking in a very elixir of life
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She was told to rest as the narrator of the story was, being forbidden to write and draw. After a short time, she went nearly insane, and eventually divorced her husband, a very new concept during that time period (Gilman 316). She moved to California where she wrote this story, and sent a copy to the physician that treated her. Though it certainly focuses on the detrimental effects of patriarchy on women’s mental health, “The Yellow Wallpaper” touches on a few major points concerning women’s status during the 1890s as

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