Over the past years there has been more and more focus on inequality between men and women, with a huge focus on equality for women.
This has led to women standing up for their rights, showing independence and strength, with a dream of a better way of living. In this short story, we get a sense of exactly that.
The short story “The Story Of An Hour” (1894) by Kate Chopin, is about a woman with heart issues, Louise Mallard, who all of a sudden got informed that she had lost her husband in a railroad disaster, to later find him standing at the front door.
The story’s composition is based on short paragraphs, some of which consists of just a couple of sentences.
Furthermore, the story only covers a very short period of time, one hour, from the moment where Louise learned about her husband’s death – to the moment where he unexpectedly appeared at the front door.
The short period of time mirrors the very intense time period of which Louise contemplates her new independence.
The events of the story are told in a very chronological order, in which we read about Louise’s short but emotional journey.
The reader definitely can anticipate a sense of foreshadowing, based on the information provided in the very first sentence of the story “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble
great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.”(1-2) The reader can easily predict the future of the poor woman, Louise.
Such a statement wouldn’t be made unless it is to be expected that the head character would die of such disease.