The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin tells a story of what it was like to be a woman in the 1800’s. Women during this time were deemed to only fulfill the needs of their husbands. Dependence was a natural state for women; they were never allowed to have an independent thought or life. The patriarchal code set forth at the time when the story took place made women the submissive partner, while the men were the dominant. Practically leaving women with minimal rights in their marriage. Kate Chopin compellingly describes how a woman’s grief quickly becomes her eminent epiphany in that she realized that she had become a free woman. Due to the fact that this story was written in 1894, it is eye opening to see how a woman’s yearning for freedom brings a great joy from her husband’s death. Using a feminist lens it is clear that oppression and femininity are exhibited throughout the story, and create obstacles for Mrs. Mallard in finding her identity outside of what society chose for her.
The first sentence in “The Story of An Hour” shows indication of female oppression, “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband 's death”(Chopin, 1894). This first sentence establishes what Mrs. Mallard’s identity by introducing her by her married name, as opposed to her husband who is introduced by his full name, Brently Mallard; this demonstrates the denied freedom to be an individual, she…

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