Story Of An Hour Critical Analysis

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The reading “The Story of An Hour” exemplified the suppressed and often unknown unhappiness that some women under strict traditional role-playing experience. These women do what is expected of them based upon what they have been taught and what values have been instilled in them, and passed down from generation to generation. They don’t actually enjoy it but they act unconsciously in accordance to the perceived expectations of society. The protagonist, Mrs. Louise Mallard was one of those women who just lived her life simply playing a role instead of living her life freely. This was revealed after the untimely death of her husband. Eventually for some women, the boundaries are broken and they go against society’s norms to live their life in a way that is most pleasing to them, like Mrs. Mallard. “The Story of An Hour” was subliminally, but ultimately, a feminist story. It was 1894 and in the nineteenth century, women were only accepted as wife and mother, nothing more. In those early times, women weren’t looked at as powerful, free beings. They were taught to be passive, dependent on men, timid and quiet, prude/unsexual, pure, emotional and familial. They were told that their job and purpose was to take care of their husband, their children, and their home. Respectively, when Mrs. Mallard received the news that …show more content…
Their place in the world was spouse and caregiver. They portrayed what they were taught women represented, and that didn’t include independence or power. It wasn’t fair, and women definitely weren’t considered equals. This story served to shed light on the early inequalities and show us how inferior women were. This would have infuriated any modern day feminist. Mrs. Louise Mallard was an example of a woman trapped in a lifeless existence, whose only purpose was to take care of others, or at least that is what she was made to think her purpose

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