Story Of An Hour Analysis

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Louise Mallard: the mix between independence and dependence.
Kate Chopin was a free-spirit writer of the late nineteenth century known for being a pioneer of the feminist movement. She mostly tackles the issues of independence and love, especially in “The Story of an Hour” published in eighteen ninety-four. In this short story, she dramatizes the fate of Louise Mallard, who is given a glimpse of a new life when she learns her husband is gone. Chopin reflects herself in her protagonist as she is an independent woman seeking for freedom. Indeed, the supposed death of Louise’s husband engenders an ephemeral and unconfessed feeling of freedom; also, hints from the author related to this feeling are found in the text, either symbols or motifs; finally, Chopin highlights this sentiment through different writing style.
The supposed death of Louise’s husband engenders an ephemeral and unconfessed feeling of freedom. Firstly, beyond Louise’s sadness lies a strong hope of revival. This hope will last during one hour, until she learns her husband is alive. The feeling of freedom conveyed by Louise significantly grows until it dramatically falls when she learns her husband is alive. As the hour goes by, Louise keeps reviving more and more intensely. Secondly, this event brutally changes Louise’s life and vision of the future. She opens her mind about how she could improve her personal freedom and lifestyle to replace her husband. She whispers three times under her breath “free, free,
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