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Kate Chopin was exceedingly brave to delve into the topic of marriage in her short story The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin took chances by presenting ideas of womens rights at a time when that type of thinking was taboo Kate Chopins boldness and bravery were pioneering steps towards the rights of women in this country Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour deals realistically with the possibilities of life and a persons ability to think freely The story was set in the late 1800s on a southern plantation The storys main character Mrs Mallard who is inflicted with heart trouble must face the news that her husband has been killed in a train accident Her initial feelings of grief are put on hold with the possibilities of the type of life that she as an unmarried woman can now live Mrs Mallard loved her husband because he had been a good man and treated her right Still she cant help from contemplating a new life free from the conformities of married life in the 1800s Mrs Mallard is fascinated with the idea of being free and living her life to the fullest The story has an unexpected ending Mrs Mallard dies of heart failure when she learns that her husband is still alive Chopins real life experiences share some commonalities with this short story For instance Chopin experienced married life on a plantation as well as the sudden deaths of her husband father and mother It is possible that her own live experience combined with her creative imagination was the inspiration of The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin was an American writer known for her depictions of southern culture and of womens struggles for freedom Chopin was born Katherine OFlaherty in St Louis Missouri In 1870 she married Oscar Chopin a Creole cotton trader and moved with him to New Orleans After a business failure the family moved to a
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