Essay on The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

1433 Words Sep 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
There is a trend in history that a woman must depend on and devote herself to a man. In the text “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, it emphasizes this idea very clearly. Although the text was written in 1895, the same attitude within it is present in today’s culture. The manner in which the characters treat each other and the fear of the unexpected emotions from the situation, are still very relevant in today’s society. The story casts light on the way women feel trapped in their personal relationships. In the story there are many symbols of freedom and what is means to be free. The story began with Mrs. Mallard being told about her husband’s death. The family friends awaiting to give her the news, treated her as if she is a fragile piece of china. Often in today’s culture women are treated in a way that is almost degrading. The thought that all women are delicate flowers is naïve and old-fashioned. It seems that even as time has gone on and America has made great strides in making women equal to that of men, the same general idea exists: women are weak, emotional, and unaware of the realities of the world. The narrator has put emphasis on Mrs. Mallard’s health condition; however, the way the friends approach her, is in a more timid fear of hurting her feelings than that of concern for her health. The text states, “It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (425). The sister, Josephine, is tip toeing…

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