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The first thing that strikes me after reading Kate Chopins three stories is that she is a realist Her stories are fictional works but they represent the stark realities of life She does not dramatize or make her characters look heroic but just portrays them as everyday common characters Marriage and motherhood seem to be the important theme in these stories After reading through Kate Chopins introduction and these stories I can feel that Kate Chopin was trying to find her identity with her stories I also agree that her writing is very unconventional and deals with the issues that women were suffering through in her time During Kate Chopins era women were expected to do everything like taking care of household work and the family while they did not get many chances to follow their own dreams or passions Through the characters in these stories I think that she wants to defy the conventional role of women in society during that period All her women characters are shown to be strong willed and deep inside wanting to be independent and free All the three stories are about regret in one way or another In The story of an Hour the regret is on part of Mrs Mallard that while Mr Mallard was alive she did not have her own free will In Regret Mamzelle Aurelie has the regret of not having children and in A Pair of Silk Stockings Mrs Sommers deep in her heart and for some time regrets the fact that she cannot live her life freely and with gaiety and without any worries or responsibilities like before she was married Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour revolves around Mrs Mallards character Mrs Mallard is a young married woman who suffers from heart trouble and thats why her sister and her husbands friend feel that they have to break the news of her husbands death to her as
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