Allegories In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Allegories are used for many reasons, such as debating about politics, or create moral meanings, but what intrigues me is that authors are able to express their ideas on controversies that have happened in the past with their own stories, simultaneously giving it a better context to the story, and give a peek of how it would feel if the reader was in the situation, just with an allegory. Kate Chopin, most definitely, was a supporter of the feminist movement, and she showed her support of the women’s movement through her allegories, for example, her short story “The Story of an Hour.” "Story of an Hour” starts out with Richard, Brently Mallard’s friend, came home with terrible news that Louise Mallard’s husband, Brently Mallard died in a train accident. On the first page, 3rd paragraph, Chopin says,”She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept. She wept at once with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself, she went away to her room alone, no one follows her.”. I connected this event in the story to the women’s movement and realized that the death of Brently Mallard was when the men didn’t pay attention to the women’s movement, and the women took that as an advantage. Kate Chopin tried to show everyone, her idea of what happened to the women’s movement, and she thought that the women’s movement started to ramp up, just when the men were busy with other problems. Later
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