Essay The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

794 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the reader is seeing how Mrs. Mallard is reacting to the news of her husband’s death. By looking at this short story through a feminist lens, it is very clear that women during the 1800’s are undermined. We can see that women are undermined because while the men are at work, the wives are at home. One example from the story is when Josephine, Mrs. Mallard’s sister, told her that her husband, Brently Mallard, was dead. Josephine broke this news to her sister in very broken sentences because she was breaking “to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death”. The relationship between men and women during the 1800’s is very broken compared to the relationship between men and women today. The visuals of the relationships between men and women also shows how the roles of men and women are defined. Women during this time were nothing more than a housekeeper and a mother. Women did not work, did not make money and lived for what their husband’s asked. It was completely up to the men to go to work, make money and receive an education. This concept is very well shown in this short story because we see that Mrs. Mallard is at home while her husband is at work. Richards, a family friend, who is the one to find out about the death of Mr. Mallard is not the one to tell Mrs. Mallard, but her sister is the one to break the news. This story shows how it is nearly impossible to resist patriarchy. An example of patriarchy in…

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