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Irony is mightier than the sword In The story of an hour Kate Chopin describes a woman Mrs Mallard who goes through a transformation and that takes her on a path were she feels dead alive then dead again One of the most influential short story writers for the struggle for the liberation of women during the late nineteenth century during her later years Chopin was ostracized by the literary society largely because of her frank expression of womans feelings and sexuality The Story of an Hour is a perfect display of her setting woman free from the chains that are imposed upon them by society This story still has much of the same impact on modern society as it once did however placing it in the context of a setting in which women were repressed dating back almost a century helps the reader grasp even more the profoundness of this enlightening story This very compact yet potent story plays on the way women are treated in society and how society should not stereotype them in any way The story uses two characteristics that Mrs Mallard possesses and draws a parallel between them in order to show their similarity In order to display how similar they are in terms of the expectations of people Chopin uses the heart condition that afflicted her with great trouble333 and the simple fact that she is a wife Obviously both of these characteristics demand certain treatment or a certain set of manners that others must 2 conform to as a society The intelligent news333 of a railroad disaster that was received spoke of the tragedy or should I say just death of her husband was to be broken to Mrs Mallard as gently as possible333 Her sister who breaks the news to her is a representative of society as a whole along with Richard the longtime friend of Mr Mallard Both of these characters Richard and
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