Question on my Ideas for an argumentative paper on "A Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin.I am considering writing my argumentative paper on the short story, "A Story of an Hour," using historical...

Question on my Ideas for an argumentative paper on "A Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin.

I am considering writing my argumentative paper on the short story, "A Story of an Hour," using historical information on Kate Chopin herself. Arguing that I think the story is possibly based off her own story of losing her husband early, being excited over the new freedom but then realizing he is not really dead and she is not free in the form of her 6 children they have together.

 

I would like thoughts on this idea and whether or not it is too far fetched?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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This is a very good approach to Kate Chopin. When her husband died, he left her with six children and substantial debts in a period in which women had few avenues open to earn money. Her career as a writer was impelled by a need to support the children and pay off the debts that were left her by her husband, and thus, as you argue, her husband, even postmortem, is a constant presence in her life, and in her writing. Just as Mrs. Mallard experiences a fleeting sense of joy and freedom at the report of her husband’s death, but then realizes that he is really alive and dies, so Kate Chopin may have felt the same – a momentary sense of freedom and then a realization that he left her chained to economic necessity.

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kerifoconnor | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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That is EXACTLY what I was going for! Thank-you for seeing my idea as plainly as I do!

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