The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Pick out at least five phrases from "The Story of an Hour" which you think are especially important to the story.

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Phrases that seem especially important to the story include the following:

free, free, free!

These are the words the occur to Louise as the first wave of her grief passes and she looks out the window at a beautiful spring day. These are the first quiverings of her own "spring" of new life.

the face that had never looked save with love upon her.

This phrase makes clear that her sense of freedom does not come because her husband oppressed her in any unusual or cruel way. Louise knew she was loved. This is important because it shows that the institution of patriarchal marriage is the problem, not one particular man.

There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself

The above quote is crucial to summing up what the sense of being free means to Louise: she can do what she wants without having to consult another human being. Nobody else will tell her what to do or how to be.

What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of...

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