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The short story The Story of an Hour was a story meant to show how the effects of oppression by men over women led to the freedom and inevitable death of Louise Mallard The name of The Story of an Hour was used because Mrs Mallards realization of her freedom all takes place within one hour Author Kate Chopin wrote the story in 1894 during a time in which womens suffrage was just beginning to really start up Many references of oppression are made throughout the short story The first reference comes from the last name Mallard A mallard is a type of duck in which the male of the species is very bright and colorful but the female is dull and brown This symbolizes how females during the late 1800s and early 1900s were seen as people whose opinions were dull and not worth listening to Mrs Mallard is described as young with a fair calm face whose lines bespoke repression and even certain strength While Mrs Mallard may be repressed she is still young and has time to end her repression As the story begins it states Mrs Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble great care was taken to break to her gently as possible the news of her husbands death This is used as foreshadowing of Mrs Mallards imminent death After receiving the news of her husbands death Mrs Mallard wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sisters arms When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone The storm of grief represents how bad and dark it is now that her husband has died but in the next paragraph Mrs Mallard begins to notice the great changes that will come about soon There stood facing the open window a comfortable roomy armchair The open window shows how thing are beginning to become clear to Mrs Mallard and the roomy armchair shows how
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