Kate Chopin's Short Stories

what do you think are Louise Mallard's feeling about the marriage and marriage in general

Story-The Story of an Hour

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She originally acts as she should when she thinks her husband is gone. She seems almost subservient, as if she is not allowed to do any thinking for herself. As the story goes on, she begins to realize that she might be free to think for herself and be her own woman. She finds that realization more attractive than she might have imagined. When she finds that her husband is not dead, she is so shocked that she must go back to the way it was before, she dies of that shock.

Kate Chopin was ahead of her time. Not only were women writers not prominent, her subjects on women and gender roles were "shocking" In this story Chopin doesn't look at marriage as a beautiful right of passage for a woman but rather a n institution that can imprison women and destroy their hopes and dreams. Mrs. Mallard seems resigned to her loveless marriage. Chopin gives us some clues as to her discontent but it isn't until the end that we realize the extent of her discontent. She is elated when her husband dies, she is a free woman unshackled by the chains of this very male dominated institution.

Chopin was indeed ahead of her time, but the rite of passage that is described as marriage was beginning to change as reflected in many writers of the time surely would not be the same after writers such as Chopin. Louise Mallard basically acts her part throughout her life. Even when she dies at the end, we know that she cannot go back to the way she was so this seems better for her.