The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Why is Mrs. Mallard's marriage an oppression?

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Mrs. Mallard's marriage is oppressive, it seems, for a couple reasons.

First, she does not truly love her husband. The narrator tells us that "she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not." He had evidently loved her a great deal, a fact she acknowledges when she considers her new freedom, but she simply could and did not return that feeling in a consistent way. As a result, the relationship felt oppressive to her.


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