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One Hour of Freedom The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin is a story about a woman experiencing true freedom through the death of her husband The story deals with the limitations that were forced on women by society in the eighteen hundreds When Louise found out her husband was dead she felt her life about to begin She realized that suddenly she was free to live and think for herself However her life ended almost as quickly as her new life began when she saw her husband walk through the door The Story of An Hour is an extraordinary story that shows the readers Chopins point of view about marriage Chopin states to her readers that marriage represses women and bends their spirit The theme of the story is that hope and freedom can spring from the lifting of oppressive bindings By graphic characterization imagery and setting the reader learned that even one hour of freedom is worth more than the bending in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature Chopin 340 The first paragraph of the story describes the way society of the eighteen hundreds perceived women When Choplin introduces the character Mrs Mallard she describes her by stating that Mrs Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble 340 In this way the reader is told that Mrs Mallard is weak as women were thought to be in this era As the line continues the readers are also made aware of the opinion of women in this society Chopins opinion that women are thought of as frail over emotional and dependent upon their husbands is expressed in these words great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husbands death 340 The author illustrates that
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