In the short story by Kate Chopin, it is very apparent that she is writing from a feminist point of view. In the story, Mr. Mallard dies in a fatal train accident and the wife, Mrs. Mallard, displays her emotion in a very peculiar way that was not expected or anticipated by the author’s audience. In this short story, there is a clear case of oppression of a woman by the man as well as symbols that bring out ideas of Mrs. Mallard’s freedom from oppression. There are countless stories throughout history of oppression, most of which can link to feminism.
One of the aspects of “The Story of an Hour” that is compelling is the fact that Mrs. Mallard feels excitement after learning that her husband has been killed in an accident. Mrs. Mallard foresees the possibility of finally being able to live for herself, rather than for or about her husband. Rather than criticize Mrs. Mallard for such an emotion, the reader empathizes with Mrs. Mallard. Although her husband did not appear to be abusive, the reader instinctively understands that Mrs. Mallard felt oppressed in her marriage and now, for the first time, she feels the possibility of constructing her identity and identifying possibilities for her future.
Because Mrs. Mallard is so thrilled with the idea that her husband is dead, the reader naturally concludes that something must have happened to her. The readers automatically empathize with her, rooting for her cause. “She said it over and over under her breath: ‘free, free, free!’” (Chopin) Here is when the reader questions as to whether or not she is serious. Did she want her husband to die? No, but we know she wanted freedom from something, and the reader can now assume that she is free from that thing. It is intuitive for the reader to assume that there might have been an abusive relationship going on or that there quite possibly could have been some disrespect pointed towards Mrs. Mallard by Mr. Mallard.
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