The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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How does the setting in "The Story of an Hour" support the theme of the story?

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The Story of an Hour takes place in the season of spring, which is significant enough to support the theme of the story.

Spring is about rebirth. It is the season in which everything that was killed, frozen, or taken by the long, cold winter suddenly get a second chance to come anew. Louise Mallard felt this sensation of renewal in the air after hearing about the death of her husband. She felt that she could be free from the societal oppression bestowed upon the women of her generation, such as the expectations of women to be married and basically owned by their husbands.

She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new
spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air.

As she saw the "blue patches of sky" in front of her, she felt in tandem with nature. She, too, would enjoy her rebirth as an independent, happy woman. Louise felt that, like the season, she could start anew.

Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her....

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