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The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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In the history of the world, not every person of either gender or race had the same rights and freedoms. Discrimination has always been present in our history as humans: those who have been discriminated against many times in many different cultures are minority races and women. In the past, it was not much like it is today; in fact for example women didn’t even have half the freedoms they do today. Women got their rights, but not without a lot of effort, those who fought for their rights as women have always been known as feminists who sparked the feminist movement. “Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen are the foremothers of modern women’s movement. All of these people advocated for the dignity, intelligence, and basic human potentials of the female sex. However, it was not until the late 19th century that the efforts for women’s equal rights coalesced into a clearly identifiable and self-conscious movement, or rather a series of movements” (Martha Rampton). Eventually after many years of fighting for their rights, the 19th amendment of 1920 finally granted women their right to vote (History Staff, 19th Amendment). Many writers such as Jane Austen as stated above were part of what sparked a feminist movement and fought for their freedoms through their writings. These writings had hidden messages within them fighting for their own gender. In fact, in Kate Chopin’s story of an hour, there are many feminist messages that occur in this story; the first being independence, oppressiveness in marriage, and supernatural forces could have been at work.
Initially, Chopin could be expressing the death of death in correlation with freedom in life. The woman in the story named Mrs. Mallard doesn’t seem to have many freedoms in her marriage with her husband. Once he dies she is full of emotions that are constantly changing in a short amount of time ranging all the way from weeping to complete joy. On page 516 when she first heard of her husband’s death, “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 sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.” It’s interesting in this section of the story because of course, she weeps over her husband’s death, but after that there is an emphasis on Mrs. Mallard leaving to her room by herself. Only a few paragraphs later on page 517, “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She sid it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.” Suddenly Mrs. Mallard goes from grief stricken to basically announcing her freedom now that her husband is dead in one way it can be seen as he has...

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