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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The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In the story, Louise receives the bad news that her husband, Brently, has died in a train accident. The short story shows the reader how Louise is dealing with these sad news and how she is trying to come to terms with it. However, at the end of the story, there is an unexpected twist: Brently returns home, alive and well. Instead, Louise dies of a heart attack.

The setting of the short story is in Louise’s house, presumably in the living room, as Louise is not on her own. She is with her sister, Josephine, who delivers the bad news, and with Richards, “her husband’s friend.” Louise’s house is located on a road, as we learn that “in the street below a peddler was crying his wares.” This suggests that Louise does not live somewhere remote or rural but that she lives in a town. However, it does not appear to be a built-up area nor a huge city, as Louise can see “tops of trees” and she notices that the...

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