Living Life to its Fullest in "The Story of an Hour"
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The paper discusses how Kate Chopin forces us to realize the importance of living life to the fullest with the character of Louise who experiences joy and freedom only for an hour of her life. The paper describes how Louise was a prisoner in her own home but then has a taste of freedom from the confines of her home when she hears the news of her husband's death. The paper emphasizes how through her short-lived joy, we learn the important of savoring every moment in our lives; had Louise stopped for one moment to think of the sadness she should have been feeling, she would have never known the only happiness in her life.
From the Paper:"Through Louise, Chopin demonstrates how the shackles of life can appear in many forms. Louise was a prisoner in her own home. While she was not an abused woman by any means, she was held captive in her own home and, as a result, she was not free to enjoy some of the simplest pleasures of life. Brently does not mean to treat his wife like a prisoner but her does because he does not allow her to venture outside the house without him. We read that when he comes home, he comes through the "front door with a latchkey" (636). While Brently was probably only thinking of Louise's safety, he was also restricting some of her very basic freedoms. She could not walk out into her yard and even enjoy a breath of fresh air. In addition, she could not leave the house in case of some kind of emergency. This becomes significant as Louise begins to taste a bit of her freedom after the news of Brently's death.
"Chopin explores Louise's taste of freedom from the confines of her home. When Louise hears the news, she wants to be alone in her room. She "would have no one follow her" (635), indicating her desire for privacy. In her room, she is free in more ways than one. She looks outside the window to experience otherworldly things."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Chopin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour." The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Lauter, Paul, ed. Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company. 1990.
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