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“The Story of an Hour” (1894) by Kate Chopin and “The Martyr” (1865) by Herman Melville are representative of American culture in the 20thcentury. In “The Story of an Hour” was written by Kate Chopin in 1894 during a time where women had little rights in the eyes of the government and men. Kate Chopin wrote this short story in a time period where women had no rights and men controlled everything about their lives. In “The Story of an Hour” after Louise Mallard hears of her husband’s death in a railway accident. The short story states, “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightlyparted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!”(Chopin)here she is depicting how many married women felt during the 1800s. In the 1800s married women did not have many rights. For example they did not have the right to make wills, receive wages and they become “owned” property like slaves by their husbands. Mrs. Mallard whispering, “free, free, free!” indicates