Perspectives

Literary perspective

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin was published in 1894, at the turn of the 19th century. “The Story of an Hour” belongs to the literary movement called Realism. One of the features of Realism is the focus on realistic feelings and issues. Louise Mallard is a good example of this, as she struggles with an unhappy marriage with an unequal power relationship. Realism also focuses on describing the inner conflicts of the characters. After finding out that her husband is dead, Louise initially struggles to fight the feeling of joy, but soon allows herself to think about better days. 

Although Chopin began writing before the feminist movement in literature began, some critics consider her the forerunner of feminist literature. In “The Story of an Hour”, Louise Mallard is a woman who indulges in the joy of being a widow, as this opens up a lif...

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