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What is the social setting, time setting, and place setting in "The Story of an...

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xen | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM via web

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What is the social setting, time setting, and place setting in "The Story of an Hour"?

maybe the significant for each settings in the story

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 20, 2008 at 11:01 PM (Answer #1)

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The setting is an American city, the time is the late 19th century. The social setting is defined by a male dominated society where women have little to say about their lives.  They go from their father's house to their husband's house.  Mrs. Mallard lives with her husband, who makes all the decisions in the home, and for his wife.  As a married woman, Louise Mallard must fall in line behind her husband.    

The time period is significant to the story because Louise Mallard dreams of a life of freedom of choice to pursue her individual interests. This life escapes her, except in the brief period when she imagines it with all its joys before she discovers that her husband was not killed, and before she dies.  

The story was published in 1894, in the midst of the battle for women's rights.  Society was struggling to define the proper roles for women, it would be almost 25 years before women would get the right to vote.


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