Stereotypes In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”― Roseanne Barr. In the nineteen century, many women were controlled by men. They were not able to take their own decisions; most of them did not realize that their freedom was inside of themselves. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, Louise Mallard is the main character who has an unhappy marriage, and her husband is Brently. She has heart problems and is treated like a fragile woman by her sister, Josephine, and by her husband’s friend, Richards. When Josephine tells her about Brently’s death in the train wreck, Louise feels sorrow because of her husband’s death; however, she recognizes her freedom after she thinks that her husband is dead. The main character …show more content…
During that era, many people have stereotypes of men’s and women’s characteristics. Men were considered powerful, active, brave, logical, rational, and independent. Women, on the contrary, were considered weak, passive, timid, illogical, emotional, and dependent. In “The Story of an Hour” Louis is unhappy with her marriage and feels subordinated by him; however, she recognizes her temporary freedom after she thinks her husband is death. Louise’s husband is “kind” and he loves her, but she feels that she is trapped in his marriage. Josephine tells her sister that Brently is dead in the train wreck. She feels sorrow because of her husband’s death; at the same time, she feels free from her marriage which was exhausting for her. Louise tries to control her feelings, but she cannot do that and repeats herself the word “free” (101) over and over again. Then she begins to fantasize about her new independent life. Brently’s death becomes inevitable and pleasant for …show more content…
Jane has a post-partum disorder and is forced to follow her husband restrictions because he is her physician who imposed her to follow her instructions. Jane thinks that her husband is a wise educated doctor and overall she is not able to query her husband authority because of the patriarchal structure of the nineteen century role genders. Jane says, “It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so” (159). She is sure that her husband’s decisions are correct because he knows what he is doing. John dominates her by pretending that he is helping her because he is not just her husband; he is also her physician. He does care about his wife’s

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