The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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In "The Story of an Hour" paragraphs 5 to 9, do these paragraphs add to the story's effectiveness? Why or why not?

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Before we focus on these two paragraphs to see if they contribute to the effectiveness of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, let's get an overview of the entire story to put these paragraphs in perspective. The brevity of the tale makes it imperative that all the parts should contribute to its totality.

This story tells of a woman with a heart condition, Louise, who has just received news that her husband has died. She goes up to her room to process the information alone. However, instead of being gripped by grief, she finds herself overcome with great joy. She is finally free from the oppression of her husband. Although her husband was outwardly kind, being trapped in the institution of marriage forced Louise to repress herself. Louise is glad to be free from his influence and to be able to live life however she wants. She thinks,

There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a...

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