Chopin - 1 Sara Beg HUM 2230 Section 03 Kate Chopins...

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1 Sara Beg HUM 2230 Section 03 Kate Chopin’s literary works, such as “The Story of an Hour,” were quite controversial for the society and time she lived in. Although the short story fits the idea of realism in the 19 th century on certain aspects, such as the emphasis on Mrs. Mallard’s emotions rather than rationalism, when it comes to the idea of female independence, it sticks out like a yellow pea in a green pod. Chopin’s audiences are both male and female, modern and of the 19 th century, single and married. While men in either time period would be horrified at the insensitivity Mrs. Mallard exhibits over her husband’s passing, women, despite understanding Mrs. Mallard’s situation, would be no less horrified at this insensitivity. Men of the 19 th century would certainly fail to understand Mrs. Mallard’s inability to mourn her husband; while modern men would be the same way, they may be slightly more sympathetic, looking back to the 19 th century. Single women of the 19 th century, on the other hand, may support Mrs. Mallard’s freedom if they wanted their own, and modern single women would certainly understand that desire. Married women of the 19 th century would either support Mrs. Mallard’s desire for freedom or condemn her lack of grief over her husband’s passing, depending on if the women’s marriages were happy or sad ones. Most writers tend to draw from their own experiences for short stories and novels, and Kate Chopin was no different. When she was five years old, her father died when “a train on which he was riding crossed a bridge that collapsed;” clearly, this inspired the train accident in which Brently Mallard “died” (Virginia Commonwealth University). In addition to this, her
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course HUM 2230 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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Chopin - 1 Sara Beg HUM 2230 Section 03 Kate Chopins...

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