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A Lot Can Happen In An Hour

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The Major theme in “Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin is the forbidden pleasures of freedom for women. This story was written in a time where women had no independence. They lived their lives for their husbands and not for themselves. While reading we see the oppression women faced in marriages, and the guilt they faced when desiring their freedom from the lives that they lived.
In the beginning of “Story of an Hour” the readers are introduced to Louise Mallard who found out that her husband has died in an accident. Louise reacts to the news like we would expect any wife would. At first she is obviously upset so she excuses herself and rushes off to her bedroom to have some space. While in ...view middle of the document...

The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.” (Chopin 550) Her soul seems to be lighter as she looked at everything as if there were infinite possibilities.
Louise knows that she now can live the life she wants. Now that she does not have a husband to answer to. “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination.” (Chopin 550) She will no longer have to make anyone happy but herself. Men had all the control in marriages in this time and women’s hopes and desires stayed buried deep inside them. However Louise gets the chance to be free from the...

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