Are the stories of KATE CHOPIN, THE AMERICAN WRITER, PSYCHOLOGICAL?  Are the stories of KATE CHOPIN, THE AMERICAN WRITER, PSYCHOLOGICAL?  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many of Chopin's stories are highly psychological.  In my opinion, this is no better seen in the short story, "The Story of an Hour."  Mrs. Mallard's extreme emotional roller coaster upon hearing the news of her husband's death represents the delving into her psychology.  Chopin plays around with the notions of identity and concept of self.  Examining Mrs. Mallard's psychology as what it means to be a wife and then what it means to be a woman is introspective and highly reflective of the subterranean motivations and thoughts that lie dormant within her.  Chopin uses the concept of marriage to explore what a woman believes, what she is taught to believe, and what she desires to believe.  In each phase, the exploration of her psychological sense of self is of critical importance.