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"The Weight Of Oppression" - Paulo Zerbato/2010
Symbol Of Opression
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, A heart troubled Louise Mallard is informed that her husband died in a fatal train crash. Stricken with grief, she runs up stairs and locks herself in her room. She sinks in a chair and stares out the window at the clouds. She sits there, caught up in deep thought, thinking about her relationship with her husband. Finally, it it came to her mind that she is now free from a controlling husband. Delighted with this new-found epiphany, she decides to leave the room and go back downstairs. Back in the living room, you hear a knock on the door. They open the door and see Mr. Mallard standing there unharmed and with out any knowledge of the train crash. Louise then has a heart attack which kills her.
The author compresses immense amounts of emotion into the time span of only an hour. The themes of this story are freedom and oppression. She did love her husband; however, “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.” (“The Story of an Hour” pg.14 ). This quote implies that her husband was controlling. She realized that she would be free from now on and looked forward to the upcoming years of her life. The story was written in 1894, a time where women didn’t have many rights. Louise was oppressed in the very society she lived in
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