The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What is the setting of "The Story of an Hour"?

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Kate Chopin's classic short story "The Story of an Hour" is set in the late nineteenth century and takes place in the Mallard residence, which is where Brently and Louise live together. The historical setting of the story is significant and contributes to Chopin's theme regarding the oppressive status of married women. In the late nineteenth century, women had few individual rights and were subscribed to a lower social status than men. Married women lacked personal agency, were expected to remain inside the home, and were not granted the individual freedom to express themselves. The protagonist of the story, Mrs. Mallard, embodies the oppressive status of married women during the time period and experiences a brief respite from her controlling husband when she initially believes that he has died.

The physical setting of the story is confined to the Mallard residence and Chopin does not give elaborate details of the home. The audience knows that there is a front entry, stairs, and Mrs....

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