In modern American society when a woman is unhappy with her love life the remedy is relatively straightforward; she can simply end her relationship with her current boyfriend or husband without having to endure any serious hardships. However, in the early nineteen hundreds the situation was quite different. It was a world where a woman is no more than a man's possession, confined to the monotonous and humble duties of loving her husband, raising the children, and maintaining the home, the concept of divorce was simply an unknown phenomenon. “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin is a good example of how, during a time when women were supposed to be subordinate to their husbands, Mrs. Mallard goes against conformity. The main character’s husband dies, and instead of being upset by it, she is thrilled to be finally free of his oppressive tyranny. Chopin uses theme, setting, and irony to express her early feminist views in a time when feminism was considered shockingly disgraceful.
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However, if one continues reading Chopin goes on to describe the character as a "young, fair and with a calm face. In the first sentences of the story the author alerts to the fact that Mrs. When this story was written in 1894 the country was more they were concerned with common sense, and tradition not with women"tms rights. The author uses the setting of the story to further illustrate her view by showing the reader how limited women"tms freedom was at this time. " Another example of irony is how Mrs. Mallard was cheerful, because her husband could no longer press his will upon her, and she realized she never really loved him. She has an indescribable feeling of being free. Mallard returns home Chopin makes sure to mention that he opens the door with a latchkey, which enforces the readers belief that she is a type of prisoner in her own home. Mallard"tms heart condition at the beginning of the story, and because of all the concern of her family, her home had become a sort of prison. The theme of rebirth can also be applied to Mrs. When realizing her husband is dead and she no longer has to bend toward his will, she feels that she can now live life for herself.