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An Analysis of The Story of an Hour In the short story Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin a woman wants desperately to escape a repressive marriage in which she is trapped Due to an unfortunate accident she is given that chance of freedom and Chopins story tells of that hour This is a very short story so it is fascinating to see the surprise ending that offers an opportunity to look at Chopins use of foreshadowing and irony Although short each word in the story has significance and every line has important meaning It is possible to assume much about Mrs Mallards life even though very little is given about it In the first paragraph there is mention of the railroad and a telegraph so there is some indication of the time period that the story takes place in The story also demonstrates the differences between the way men and women communicated with each other over a century ago compared to the way they communicate now Mrs Mallard never told her husband how unhappy she was in the marriage and just considered herself stuck for the rest of her life in an unhappy marriage In 1894 divorce was so shameful that it wouldnt have even been an option for Mrs Mallard and so her only way out of the marriage would have been one of their deaths Also in the beginning of the story it is shown that she lives in a male dominated world Even though her sister is the one who tells her the bad news of her husbands death Her husbands friend rushes over to make sure that Mrs Mallard isnt told the story with out care or tenderness It is also implied that Brently Mallard made a fairly decent living because their home has an upstairs comfortable furnishings and he has the time and a reason to travel Another reason this assumption can be
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