If you're struggling to create a thesis for a topic, you're likely struggling to envision the body paragraphs as well. Many students find that building those ideas into their thesis helps them to better plan for their paper. With that in mind, I would suggest a thesis that both directly...
If you're struggling to create a thesis for a topic, you're likely struggling to envision the body paragraphs as well. Many students find that building those ideas into their thesis helps them to better plan for their paper. With that in mind, I would suggest a thesis that both directly addresses the topic of feminist criticism and weaves the support into the statement as well. Something like this would work:
The Story of an Hour is an example of feminist literature through the emotional oppression of Louise Mallard, the loss of her own sense of identity within her marriage, and the brief joy she experiences when given a taste of the freedom that independence could hold.
The first body paragraph would discuss how Louise exists in a marriage that brings her no happiness. It is noted that she has feared that her days on earth might be long, indicating that she finds no joy in her married life. When she first accepts the news, she accepts it willingly—gladly. She weeps in an outpouring of emotion that has been bottled up within her for years.
Your second body paragraph could then focus on all the ways Louise is reduced to being simply a wife. She is introduced as Mrs. Mallard and isn't given a first name for most of the story. It is also noted that "she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not." Within her historical context, Louise is expected to simply exist for the rest of her days, supporting her husband and caring for his needs while sacrificing any hope of joy she holds for herself.
The final paragraph would then look at how Louise experiences great joy at the thought of being able to make her own choices, no longer living for another person's comforts:
There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.
She takes time to gaze out the window, noting the signs of new life all around her. And she believes that this opportunity is her chance for a new life that she can claim all for herself.
Of course, none of this proves true as she has simply received poor information. The loss of the freedom she believes she'd been granted is too much for Louise, and she dies upon seeing her husband. Thus, the role of patriarchy in this story proves crushing to a woman who feels marginalized by her lack of opportunities because of her gender.