Essay: To Analyze Fiction Sort Story

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¶ … Fictional Short Story

In "Story of the Hour" and other works such at "The Storm," author Kate Chopin rails against the social conventions of her time. She does this very effectively through the use of plot conflict and imagery to illustrate how women have not been fulfilled by the social institutions imposed upon them. In doing so, she captures realistic versions of why they were unhappy and the unfortunate results of their circumstances.

Kate Chopin, born in 1850, was an American author of short stories and novels, mostly of a Louisiana Creole background ("Kate Chopin"). With regards to feminist issues, her works were vastly ahead of her time. This reflects her own person experiences, having a husband who died and left her in debt as well as a relationship with a married man ("Kate Chopin") during a period in which women were taught that men would take care of them and that extramarital relationships were even more taboo than they are today. Perhaps that is why her stories such "Story of an Hour" and "The Storm" are so effective.

"Story of an Hour" uses a character vs. society conflict to illustrate Mrs. Mallard's desire to be free from the institution of marriage. This is made clear by Chopin's description of Mrs. Mallard's reaction to her husband's death as not one of grief, but one of relief as she writes, "When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" Mrs. Mallard was unhappy because marriage relegated women to property as best illustrated by Chopin's line, "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."

Imagery effectively reinforces the plot conflict in the "Story of an Hour." From the very first line, the reader is informed that Mrs. Mallard "was afflicted with a heart… [END OF PREVIEW]

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