Amanuel Tekle English 102 3/2/2014
“The story of an hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. According to Wikipedia, she was born Katherine O’Flaherty on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. “The story of an hour” was written on April 19, 1894 but was originally published in Vogue on December 6, 1894 as “The Dream of an Hour”. It was first reprinted in St. Louis Life on January 5, 1895 as “The story of an Hour”.
The reason behind the title of the short story is because the whole story is within an hour. The structure Chopin chose for the story fits the subject perfectly. The story is short, made up of a series of short paragraphs, many of ...view middle of the document...
Doctors said she died because of the happiness she felt by seeing him. Kate Chopins’ short story, “The story of an hour,” makes the statement that humans need their independence. (Why/How does Kate Chopins’ short story, “The story of an hour,” make the statement that humans need their independence?)
Through the use of symbolism, Kate Chopins' short story, "The Stroy of an hour", deonstrates that life itself would be meaningless without independence.
"Story of an hour" was written in 1894, which was in a period of time where women didn't really have a lot of say in anything that went on, and didn't have much power and no men cared what they would say and would never consider anything that was related to a women. Women really were the ones that just stayed home, took care of the family and the house while men just went out and worked and expected women to do everything for them. The women have same feelings as men, but men never wanted to hear of them and wouldn't care because thats just how men were back in that period of time, Women lived a life of impowering men, like a shadow and never spoke their opinions. Even if their husbands would abuse them, they couldnt say anything because no one would believe it or even care what she had to say.
After she divorces the death of her husband. Mrs. Mallard locks herself in her room "facing the open window" she starts thinking about her new life. Possibly at first she feels truly happy, happy that she was now free from her husband and the life they onced shared together, the open window in "The Story of an hour" also symbolizes the open path to a new inspiration leading to a new choices and to a new spirit for a new life, as Chopin later clearly represents that Louise is drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window. Now that she could live for herself, she wanted nothing more than to have a long time to enjoy it. When she was forced to be a fearful and powerless wife, she didn't see a point in living, she would rather have died young than to have to obey her hunsband for the rest of her life.