The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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How does an analysis of literary elements enhance a main theme of "The Story of an Hour"?

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One literary element we might consider is conflict . I would argue that the main conflict in this story is between Louise Mallard and society, rather than between Louise and Brently Mallard, as one might suppose. Even in her relief at becoming a widow, Louise knows that "she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands [of her husband] folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her." She even considers that she "had loved him—sometimes." There was, evidently, no individual or personal conflict between husband and wife; there was only the fact that, as...

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