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Beyond an Hour of the Story Analysis of Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour Many different aspects in writing come into play when a writer tries to mask the real intent of the story into what may seem like a simple short story The reader is only able to see the hidden intent of the story if the writer can incorporate different aspects of writing into the story In the story The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin the setting word choice and irony all play in her effort to reveal in the story that a marriage in the 1890s is not what is considered a perfect marriage Kate Chopin uses the setting to mirror what Mrs Mallards feelings were In the beginning of the story Mrs Mallard is downstairs in the company of her sister and her husbands friend She was with friends in the gathering part of the house which shows comfort Mrs Mallard doesnt know that anything is wrong and can be seen by the setting After her sister tells Mrs Mallard of her husbands death Mrs Mallard puts herself in isolation in her upstairs room The setting now is a solitary room above the rest of the house It seems Mrs Mallard is trying to figure out why he had to die and to remember her now dead husband Kate Chopin emphasizes the open window with a view over the town square This shows that Mrs Mallard is beginning to realize that her life is changing and that she cannot rely on the rest of the world to support her Once Kate Chopin has shown that Mrs Mallard has made peace with herself about her husbands death she takes the character back to t he stairs Mrs Mallards plight down the stairs symbolizes what every woman must go through to live a normal life after her husbands death Kate Chopin uses the setting to give the reader
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