How can Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour be read as a feminist text? How does it speak for all women?
Mrs. Mallard weeps over her husband's supposed passing, but the thrill of freedom overwhelms her grief as spring overwhelms the passing winter.
In "The Story of an Hour: The Theme of Female Self-Assertion" by Jennifer Hicks (see link below) "Some of Chopin's short stories were rejected for publication on moral grounds, for editors perceived in them an unseemly interest in female self-assertion and sexual liberation."
The irony presented in Chopin's short story accentuates the importance of self-assertion for women, even women who care deeply for their husbands. Feminism seeks equality for all and Chopin illuminates the inequality of a woman repressed by a seemingly happy marriage to a good man.