Male Dominance In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Male Dominance as a Consequence of a Patriarchal Society ¨You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have,¨ according to Sarah Williams. This situation embodies that of Mrs. Mallard. In ¨The Story of An Hour¨ by Kate Chopin an analysis of diction reveals male dominance as a consequence of the patriarchy.
Male dominance is an unintended consequence that shows up when one looks closer at the beginning of the story. Mrs.Mallard just receives the news about her husband’s death in a work accident. When Mrs.Mallard receives news about her husband “she {doesn't} hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.¨ The choice of words, in this case, embodies Mrs.Mallard's emotional state. Mrs. Mallard seems upset at first but later it describes her emotions as not the same as most women took the death of their husband
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Mrs.Mallard’s receives the news of the death of her husband in the beginning of the story and Mrs.Mallard says ”she could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life.”The play on words manifests Mrs. Mallard’s inner feelings, ready to start a new life without her husband. Additionally, Mrs.Mallard doesn’t seem as emotionally unstable as most would feel right after their husband had just passed away. Furthermore, Mrs. Mallard says, “Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering. The diction that is being used by Mrs.Mallard shows how she is actually feeling about the death of her husband. Mrs. Mallard feels as if she will be free now, freer than she was before since her husband’s death. This provides evidence of male dominance in a patriarchy through diction by Mrs.Mallard stating that she is ready to start a new life right after her husband passes away and the fact she states her body and soul are
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