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In "the story of an hour" by kate chopin, how essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

please, give me the answer within 300 words from the story named "the story of an hour" by kate chopin.

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The setting (time and place) is nearly inconsequential to this story. The story focuses on a woman who feels constricted in her environment by a man whom she loves only now and then. That she is relieved at his death (which of course does not happen at all) is not surprising because she looks forward to being free as she has never been before. She quickly imagines a succession of quick images of days filled with so much enjoyment which she has not felt with her husband, Bently (the name almost seems stuffy and constricting). As long as this story took place with characters like Josephine and Bently, she being somewhat wild and longing to be free and he somewhat stuffy and boring, the setting is irrelevant. Even the type of accident is not important as long as it does happen but Bently is not in it.