In "The Story of An Hour," why did Kate Chopin bring a "respectable woman" into the story as a character?
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At this point in history, women strove to be a respectable woman, a woman that had no whisper of scandal attached to her name. A respectable woman lived an exemplary life as a wife and mother. Kate Chopin uses the respectable woman to show the differences in her characters and how different their lives appear to be.
The character of Louise in 'The Story of an Hour' gains intensity by being a 'respectable' woman. Her thoughts about longing for a life beyond the realms of the role of wife were contraversial, and these desires coming from an ordinary woman rather than a flamboyant or extravagant character help to send the message that any woman may desire more than society has dictated they should want.
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