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A Woman Of Sorrow Essay

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In The Story of an Hour, Katherine Chopin composed, “She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.” (Chopin, 369) The main character of the story was joyful to live alone instead of living with her husband, whom she did not love. This quote is meaningful to the novelist because she lost a large portion of her family to death. Chopin was fearful she would have to live her life all alone in the Realism Literature Period. The Realism period in America lasted from about 1860-1890 and believed that characters were more vital than the setting, the writings were about everyday life, and the authors write about ...view middle of the document...

C. Evans in 2006. The only literary term mentioned by the author of the criticism is irony. Kate Chopin definitely used irony in her tale, The Story of an Hour. "Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door--you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven's sake open the door.”, "Go away. I am not making myself ill." No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window.” (Chopin, 638) Her sister was concerned that she was making herself sick when she heard about her dead husband. She was, in fact, feeling fantastic because he was dead. “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with a sudden and wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” (Chopin, 636) She made her characters complex to the average reader. The main character was not stunned and speechless when she heard the news of her husband; she burst into tears then went to her room to contemplate what it meant for her. “She knew she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she spread her arms out to them in welcome.” (Chopin, 637) The author is writing a taboo in the literary world with this character. The main character is a woman who just lost her husband and is now glad he is gone so she can be free of his love. The idea of a woman marrying someone she doesn’t love all the time and pretending to throughout their marriage was unheard of in the realism movement. She could look ahead at the blissfulness of independence when her husband had died not one hour before. She made her characters complex in this way. The stories and characters...

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