Story Of An Hour

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Nicholas Hrebien English 103, Section CU04 Story of an Hour The “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a remarkable actuality of self-understanding. It demonstrates on a women's discrepant distinctiveness, which were constrained because of the time period. The passage that was chosen deals with two themes, the first being mortality, and the second being freedom and confinement. The parallel structure of this sentence almost seems to imply that Mrs. Mallard is "no one"' there's "no one to live for" so "she will live for herself." In each part of the sentence, the verb used is the same, so "no one" and "herself" occupy the same relationship. Either Mrs. Mallard thinks that "no one" values her, or she's suggesting that it's only possible for her to be "herself" if there's no one else around. Mrs. Mallard's "illumination" does away with context and motivation, now all that matters to her is that she can achieve freedom. Past ties and expectations, stripped of "a kind intention or a cruel intention" (74) are revealed as shackles that have been tying her down. Even the love of a good person keeps one from being free and liberated. In the nineteenth century in Louisiana, where most of Chopin's stories are set, women's rights were restricted. Most married women were considered to be the possession of their husbands. Mrs. Mallard is one of those women who doesn’t have the freedom that she deserves. She lives the life of a prisoner without a way out. This passage related to the whole story basically sums it up, as in it being a very ironic, but very serious tone to it about women becoming equal in society. It’s an ironic statement due to the fact the author talks about the upcoming years and how she would be alone and have to fend for herself. Even though she is saddened by the loss of her husband, she embraces the new challenge with a sudden rush of euphoria due to
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