19th Century Essay

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The short story I have chosen from the 19th century is “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. “The Story of an Hour” was published in 1894. The story revolved around the everyday life during the 1800’s. There are different elements that depict the starts off by presenting a young woman named Mrs. Louise Mallard and is introduced as being “afflicted with heart trouble”. (Chopin) The story was placed at the time when the Industrial Revolution just ended, so men worked at the railroads to construct and/or repair them. Louise Mallard’s husband, Mr. Mallard is named dead after a supposed railroad accident. Josephine, Mrs. Mallard’s sister, had to tell her the news about her husband’s death in a very gentle manner because of her heart troubles. After the news was revealed to her, she locked herself in her bedroom to mourn the loss of her husband. But as she was sitting there, she felt a sense of exhilaration. She started exclaiming “Free! Body and soul free!” (Chopin). She felt as if her body was free. Although, it is not explained in the story why she felt that way, it is analyzed that Chopin was talking about her being released from the trap of a miserable married life. This piece of information depicts feminism to an extent. At the end of the story, Mr. Mallard returns home, which indicated that his death was a false accusation. Mrs. Mallard is shocked and soon dies after seeing him alive in the flesh and healthy. The poem I have chosen from the 19th century is “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. “The Raven” was published in 1845. This poem was written during the romantic period of the 1800’s. This poem represents the life in America during the 1800’s and the romantic period. It was a time of strong emotion. This poem has various emotions such as sadness, terror, and awe. This poem is about a young man mourning over the loss of Lenore. Lenore was the love of his life. As

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