The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What view of marriage is portrayed in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?  

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"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin portrays one significant hour in the life of the protagonist of the story, Mrs. Louise Mallard. The narration is third person with a limited omniscient narrator telling the story.

Louise has two problems at the beginning of the story.  She has some kind of serious heart problem, and she has just been told her husband, Brently, was killed in an accident. Of course, Louise initially cannot contain her grief.  Soon, she goes to her room to rest and contemplate this life altering news. 

From the few details provided by the author, the marriage between Louise and Brently had not been unhappy.  They are apparently upper middle class with Brently as some kind of professional man. Brently believed that Louise had to...

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