"The Story of an Hour"
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This paper discusses how the concept of naturalism in Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is unavoidable and how it is consistent in a subtle and surprising way with Darwin's notion of the evolution of species and the survival of the fittest. In particular, the paper looks at how, in her own way, the protagonist of Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is undoubtedly a survivor according to naturalistic Darwinian notions and how she is not a woman who lives a life of quiet desperation; rather, she is a vibrant soul whose instinct is not to suffer.
From the Paper:"The physical ailment is also an aspect of the means by which her body shuts down in an act of self preservation. Self preservation is the most fundamental of Darwin's notions, as it relates to humans. This is due to the fact that humans do not want or suffer, and avoid suffering at virtually all costs. Human beings also desire freedom, and thus the freedom that the protagonist achieves is a freedom that fulfills the greatest original ideals of survival for a human being. In the interests of naturalism, and the naturalistic interpretation thereof, we can say the protagonist is free to return to her natural state, as the environment has already indicated that she is not going to survive "well" physically, which has a psychological impact which is certainly relevant to the existence of all human beings. "
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