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In "The Story of an Hour", what do you think of Kate Chopin's writing in a respectable...

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sadie19 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2008 at 5:53 PM via web

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In "The Story of an Hour", what do you think of Kate Chopin's writing in a respectable women?

In "The Story of An Hour," why did Kate Chopin bring a "respectable woman" into the story as a character?

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purplepenguin | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:44 AM (Answer #2)

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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.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM (Answer #3)

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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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