"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin is a very economical story, with little action or dialogue. Is this economy a strength or a weakness? Explain.

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Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is, indeed, an economical story. There is little dialogue and little action; almost everything that happens is internal. We learn what Louise Mallard is thinking and feeling and little else--and since little else matters, the form suits the meaning.

This lack of detail and sparseness of plot is a perfect complement to this story. We learn that Brently Mallard died in a train accident; the fact that we do not know the details of the crash takes nothing away from the story. In fact, details and information about him would distract from what was happening in and to his wife. We have no idea what Louise's sister and family friend are doing while she is upstairs dealing with the news they delivered, but it does not...

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