The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Pick out at least five key phrases in Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour."

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These are some phrases that advance the central theme of the story, that of the oppressive position women were forced to accept in nineteenth-century marriages.

"She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression..."

The author does not spend a lot of time describing Mrs. Mallard's physical appearance. It is significant that "repression" is one of the few words she chooses to describe her.

"She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will..."

The realization of her situation and her longing for freedom are taboo during her time, and Mrs. Mallard does her utmost to prevent...

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