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A Freedom Realized Societys view of women was very different a century ago Women in the late nineteenth century are seen as fragile and dependant upon their husbands for survival In The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin uses imagery and characterization to show a womans liberation through the death of her husband Contrary to societys beliefs at the turn of the century Chopin shows women are capable of expressing strength and independence Chopin uses imagery and strength of character to follow one womans efforts to escape the role society has mandated she accept Societys views however are deeply rooted and not easily swayed Chopin initially describes her protagonist Louise as afflicted with a heart trouble Chopin 170 giving her an immediate appearance of weakness symbolic of how women of the late nineteenth-century were viewed weak and frail This characterization is strengthened as Louises sister informs her of her husbands death in veiled hints that reveled in half concealing Chopin 170 Society does not seem capable of accepting a woman being able to deal with such harsh realities as the death of a husband Society is quick to underestimate but Chopin presents a woman disparate from the stereotypical nineteenth-century woman Louises strength is soon revealed Upon hearing the news of her husbands death She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance Chopin 171 Chopin initiates a fundamental change in her character Rising above societys stereotype Louise is able to accept her loss and is able to see past that loss to the freedom now available to her True strength is the ability to place human needs and desires above societys expectations focusing on the positive in the midst of tragedy Chopin demonstrates this when Louise did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that beheld her Chopin 172 Chopin does not make a moral issue
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