The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a tightly written short story that takes place within a single hour of Mrs. Louise Mallard’s seemingly unsatisfying and oppressive marriage. Although the story is no more than two pages long, one should not look down upon the shortness of the story, but instead read in amazement at how packed such a small piece of literature is. Reading through it once may stumble the reader and seem a bit confusing, but reading through it several more times will enlighten the reader to underlying messages, themes, and the true feelings of Mrs. Mallard. The major theme the story revolves around is the oppressive views of marriage that the main character, Mrs. Mallard, experiences within the latter part of the 19 century, a time in which women had very few rights. During the Victorian era, it was normal for women to keep a tidy house and stay away from any type of manual work, including the workforce. When Kate Chopin wrote “The Story of an Hour”, Chopin managed to use all of the basic literary devices to come to the overall theme of oppressiveness. The element that one may find the most apparent in the story is irony. There are two separate themes of irony present within the story. Both situational and dramatic irony are both very apparent throughout the short story, but Chopin manages to include a handful of symbolic figures. The way the setting of the story is constructed all gives hints to what the main theme is and helps support it in one…

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