The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What is the analysis of Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"?

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"The Story of an Hour" is a story about imprisonment for a woman in a marriage, the joy that one hour of freedom provides her, and how devastating a loss of freedom can be.  Chopin allows her readers to infer these themes with imagery, symbolism, and a surprising plot twist at the end. 

As the story opens, the reader believes that the news of her husband's death might very well kill Mrs. Mallard, since she suffers from some sort of heart problem. Her sister, Josephine, and her husband's close friend, Richards, take care to break the news to her gently. But when she retreats to her room, we come to understand that marriage has been a form of imprisonment for Mrs. Mallard.  Her room represents this prison.  And through her interior...

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