Essay The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

906 Words Mar 26th, 2016 4 Pages
“The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin, represents a failing marriage. One of the themes that is addressed in this short story is Feminism. At the beginning of the story, we are presented with the main protagonist, Louise Mallard, who is a woman who appears to be afflicted with heart trouble. Considering Louise’s condition, her sister, along with her husband’s friend, Richard, try explaining to her as gently as possible that her husband has passed away in a railroad disaster. Upon receiving the news, Louise “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms”. After her brief moment of grieving had passed, Louise decided she wanted to spend time alone in her room.
We can conclude that Louise has not been exposed to the outside world. Louise retreats to her bedroom due to the repressiveness she has been accustomed to instead of making an effort to go outside. Once she is settled in her room, she begins to feel a mix of emotions. She feels guilty for not mourning her husband’s death and is no longer in a “storm of grief”. Suddenly, she begins to wonder what her new fond emotion is. She begins to face an open window and decides to sit down on her armchair. “She sank pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” At this moment, we notice that Louise is physically exhausted and is now starting to feel relaxed, and be at ease. As Louise is staring outside of her window, she notices it is spring. Flowers are…

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