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The Story of an Hour.

Kate Chopin was a Victorian writer; whose writing manifests her life experiences. She was not happy with the principles of the time, because women had fewer rights, and they were not considered equal to men. Afraid of segregation from society, people lived in a hypocritical world full of lies; moreover, Kate Chopin was not afraid of segregation, and used her writing as a weapon against oppression of the soul. Marriage was an oppressor to Chopin, she had been a victim of this institution. Being a victim of marriage, Chopin’s “Story of an Hour,” is an expression of her believe that,marriage is an institution that oppresses, represses, and is a source of discontent among human beings.

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Mrs. Mallard loved her husband.

She wept at once
This was her first response to the news of his death. She would not had grieved over someone she did not love. Even in the heat of her passion she thinks about her lost love.

She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked safe with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead.

Her love may not have been the greatest love of all time, but it was still love.

Marriage was not kind to Mrs. Mallard, her life was dull and not worth living, her face showed the years of repression. If she did love this man, why was marriage so harmful to her? Marriage was a prison for her
There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature.

Marriage oppressed her, she needed freedom, freedom to grow and do what she wanted to do, and marriage took that away from here. Chopin didn’t believe that one person should take away another’s freedom. Mrs. Mallard loved her husband at times, but she loved freedom more.

For the first time Mrs. Mallard, felt free since her marriage
free body and soul free
Chopin relates Mrs. Mallard’s intese feeling of freedom to that of an orgasm. A great weight had been lifted off her shoulders, and the feeling was extacy. But like an orgasm it did not last long, the weight came crashing down upon her.

the story of an hour

The story reveals how the institution of marriage in the lat 19th century still is a reflection on the 21st century. Mrs. Mallard was not happy at all in her marriage, but she stayed because back then divorce was unheard of. Mrs. Mallard was saddened by her husband’s death, but on the other hand she was happy because now she could be free to do all of the things that she wanted to do.

For, example the death of Mr. Mallard was the rebirth for Mrs. Mallard because she no longer has to live for no one other than her self.

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The 19th century concept of marriage has not changed so much, in the 21st century because there are women who still feel that they have to be submissive to their husband’s every need like Mrs. Mallard was. there are still women who beleive that should stay in a marriage if they are not happy. For, example my sister is a prime example because she stays home and tend to their three children while her husband works. She would say to me that she envied me because I am able to work and enjoy life.

I explained to her that she doesn’t have to stay home, but she then tells me that her husband does not want her to work or have any outside activites. I don’t understand why she tolerates this from him and stays married. Her reply is because she loves him and she can not do anything without him.
I remember her telling me that she wanted to become a interior designer but now she has just put all of her dreams and goals asided because of what her husband wants. In conclusion, thoughtout this the roles of women has changed dramaticall. Women have been put down and their rights taken from them. Woman have made remarkable strides. For instance, police fire figheres, lawyers, doctors and even on the five 0’clock news.


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