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In The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin tells a short story about Louise and uses symbolism, mood and irony effectively to express the struggle of women.

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Feminism in ?The Story of an Hour? Name: Jeremy Kardash Course Code: ENG2D - 06 ________________ Feminism in ?The Story of an Hour? Like many women around the world, Louise Mallard is married. But Louise is unhappy with her marriage, due to her lack of freedom. This is why she may be better off without her husband, Brently. In ?The Story of an Hour?, Kate Chopin tells a short story about Louise and uses symbolism, mood and irony effectively to express the struggle of women. Kate Chopin uses symbolism in a way that makes things more important than they might first seem. Chopin uses two main symbols that express the struggle of women, the first symbol being the open window. As soon as Louise found out about the supposed death of her husband, she gazed directly out into an open window. ...read more.


The main issue she had with her marriage was her feeling a lack of freedom. This is why when Louise had thought her husband was dead she said: ?Free! Body and soul free!? The physical aspect of her heart trouble came only at the very end on the story, when she died of a heart problem. Some would look outside and see just a normal day, or just see a heart condition as a heart condition but Kate Chopin uses these symbols in a way that affect the story in multiple ways. The mood of a story can change instantly, just as in what happens in Chopin?s story about Louise. When Louise heard the news of her husband?s death, her friends were nervous about the type of reaction they would get from her. ...read more.


The story states that Louise dies of a ?Joy that killed? but this statement seems to be untrue. Louise is ironically pleased with the death of her husband and dies out of the sadness after she finds out he is alive. It is also ironic that Louise dies instead of Brently because the whole story is talking about Brently?s death and Louise?s reaction, and then concludes with Brently still alive and Louise dead. Louise was only pleased with the news of Brently?s death because of the new opportunities she would be afforded with her new freedom. But knowing that she dies and Brently is alive and well, it is ironic that Brently will be getting the opportunities Louise wanted to have. Literary devices are techniques used by a writer to enhance the story. Kate Chopin describes the struggle of woman by using symbolism, mood and irony as potent literary devices throughout the story about Louise and her unsuccessful struggle to be an independent woman. ...read more.

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