The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What is a good theme for an essay on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an hour"? What is a good theme for Kate Chopin's The Story of an hour? the themes have to be from the feminist and historical lens.

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It would be interesting to write a research paper in which Darwin's theory of evolution and the so-called "Woman Question" would be put into perspective. Here on Enotes there is information about that specific bracket of Darwin's theory which was inevitably developed under the social statutes of the time, where women were still subservient individuals. So, by exploring the expectations that were placed upon women in Louise's time we can connect whether they were completely socially-made, or if the advent of scientific research of her time,nay, Darwin's time, influenced in anyway the manner in which women were looked upon.

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You may wish to examine the influence of the femme covert laws  (historical) upon the life of Louise Mallard.  For, it is the resulting repression of these laws that effects the "heart condition" of Mrs. Mallard that is central to hour of her life which the reader views.

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A good theme for almost any paper on a good work of literature results from asking how the particular phrasing of the story is effective.  In other words, why is "The Story of an Hour" worth reading and re-reading and re-reading rather than some other story about a person who feels oppressed? After all, if Chopin had merely wanted to express her ideas about a particular topic, she could much more easily have written an essay. Why did she choose to write a story, and how is the story effective or compelling, especially in its individual word choices?

One good way to analyze the style of a work is to imagine how a writer could have written differently.  Why did the writer choose the...

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