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What is an example of a thesis statement for "The Story of an Hour"?

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A thesis statement for Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" could focus an essay on the feminist theme found within the story. Though some readers find Louise Mallard's epiphany in the wake of her husband's death shocking, it is a clear statement that she found her marriage oppressive and looked forward to living independently.

To take this approach, a thesis statement could look like this:

Louise Mallard's shocking death at the end of "The Story of an Hour" suggests that to return to an oppressive marriage would be intolerable after she has contemplated a life lived on her own terms.

In the essay, then, an analysis of Louise's brief period of mourning and then mounting joy would feature targeted quotations from the story as the narrator delves into Louise's innermost thoughts about her husband, her marriage, and her imagined freer future.

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In "The Story of an Hour," Louise Mallard finds out her husband has been killed in a railroad accident. She experiences some sadness, but overall, she is...

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