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Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest short stories of all time for its great depth written within only two pages The Story of an Hour is often discussed and criticized from a feminist view Though this is a popular and accurate critic there is another view from which to look at The Story of an Hour from a proto-modernist view Modernist texts often regard societal changes as a result of technology Kate Chopins use of industrial technology in The Story of an Hour acts as a warning against technology and its affect on the lives of society then and now The two major technological advances of the industrial age were the telegram and the railroad With the first passenger train dating back to 1807 technological advances in railroad travel continued to advance According to The Electric Interurban Railways in America written by George W Hilton and John Fitzgerald Due by the 1880s cable car lines were built in most major cities with over 710 cars in the city of Chicago alone Hilton and Due 6 Trains became an increasingly important part of everyday life The first interurban electric rail lines were laid in 1889 helping to create a commuter lifestyle Hilton and Due 186-187 Along with the advances in transportation communication underwent great progress with the telegram With the invention of the telegram people were able to communicate instantly across great distances in contrast to the days weeks and months that the Pony Express may have taken to deliver a message The first transatlantic telegraph was sent successfully on July 18 1866 In the 1890 55879000 telegrams were sent Antonio With all of the technological advances of the industrial age The Story of an Hour shows the dangers that technology can have on societyPublished in Vogue in in 1894 Kate Chopin had seen and felt the consequences of the dangerous railroads personally As documented by Emily
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