Theme Of Freedom In Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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In “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin, Chopin symbolizes the theme of freedom in many ways, one of which is through the use of the main character Louise and her self-confinement and initial powerlessness in the story. Genuinely at first Louis was shaken about Brently’s death, who is Louis’s husband. It is apparent that she is greatly saddened over the death of her husband, but through the hour she thinks he is dead, she realizes the freedom she will have as an unmarried woman. She almost has a sense of joy that she can do what she pleases, now that her husband is gone. Independence, openness, and powerless all play key roles in how the theme is developed throughout the story. In the beginning of this story Louise is devastated, as any person who lost a loved one would be. She confined herself to a room and just took in her husband’s death. While locked in the room, she comes to notice that she allowed herself to be control by her husband because she did not assert her own will. As Louise thinks, she says, “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending …show more content…
Chopin uses these elements to symbolizes the theme of freedom. The main way she used these elements was through Louise and her self-confinement and initial powerlessness in the story. At first Louise is shaken about Brently’s death because she was still afraid of freedom. It is apparent that she is greatly saddened over the death of her husband, but through the hour she thinks he is dead, she realizes the freedom she will have as an unmarried woman. Being in the confined room really allowed her to reflect and changed her ideas on life. She had a sense of joy that she can do what she pleases, now that her husband is gone, but when her husband returns we see how short that joy

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