Critical Analysis: Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour'

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Analysis of Kate Chopin ‘s Short Story--"The Story of An Hour" Introduction Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (February 8, 1850 – August 22, 1904), was an American author of short stories and novels. From 1892 to 1895, she wrote short stories for both children and adults and produced a number of impressive short stories. Among those prominent ones is the short story--"The Story of an Hour". "The Story of an Hour"is an impressive literary piece which touches readers' feelings as well as mind. The title refers to the time elapsing between the moments at which the protagonist, Louise Mallard, hears that her husband is dead and discovers that he is alive after all. It deliberately describes the series of emotions Louise Mallard endures after hearing of the death of her husband, who was believed to have died in a railroad disaster. Mrs. Mallard suffers from heart problems and therefore her sister attempts to inform her of the horrific news in a gentle way. Mrs. Mallard locks herself in her room to immediately mourn the loss of her husband. However, she begins to feel an unexpected sense of exhilaration. "Free! Body and soul free!" is what she believes is a benefit of his death. At the end of the story, it is made known that her husband was not involved in the railroad disaster and upon his return home Mrs. Mallard suddenly dies. When it comes to the methods of studying a novel or short story, more than often we are directed to these key elements---the setting,the characterization of the story,the plot structure of the story,the tone and the writing style,the theme,the point of view. Therefore, this paper, centered with Kate Chopin’s short story--"The Story of an Hour", mainly focuses on analyzing its setting,the characterization of the story,the plot structure of the story,the tone and the writing style,the theme,the point of view. Body Setting In works

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