Talk:The Story of an Hour

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Added the infobox template Wheat (talk) 16:56, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Analysis section needs more added to it!

There are a lot of typos in the first section ...

The introduction seems needlessly "flowery". Killridemedly 09:07, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

New Summary[edit]

Kate Chopin’s short story Story of an Hour describes the series of emotions Louise Mallard endures after hearing the death of her husband, who was believed to have died in a railroad disaster. Mrs. Mallard suffers from heart problems and therefore her sister attempts to inform her of the horrific news in a gentle way. Mrs. Mallard locks herself in her room to immediately mourn the loss of her husband. However, she begins to feel an unexpected sense of exhilaration. "Free! Body and soul free!" is what she believes is a benefit of his death. At the end of the story, it is made known that her husband was not involved in the railroad disaster and her husband returns home. Seeing her husband causes Mrs. Mallard to suddenly die from her heart problems. All these events occur within a span of an hour, hence the title Story of an Hour. Gena.A (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Criticism[edit]

Must we spend so much time on such a minority view of the piece when in fact there are no citations of the much more common readings? Especially one like Berkove's, which utterly misses one possible feminist critique (regardless of whether it is Chopin's view) that all marriage is/was oppressive. What's this "actually Mr. Mallard wasn't an awful husband" crap? It doesn't matter how he was as a husband. I fear that when some poor college freshman reads this article in addition to (or instead of) the story, s/he'll simply remember Berkove's misguided and uncommon view, dealing a near fatal blow to that student's understanding of literature as a whole. 70.171.45.53 (talk) 13:26, 10 January 2011 (UTC)


Lawrence L Berkove, in his article "Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour,'" challenges that notion of Mrs. Mallard's death being a tragic one after she was finally freed from a constricting marriage. Berkove argues that this may not be the case, and that the "heroine" of the story may have instead been used as an immature egotist whose own extreme self assertion led to her own downfall. Berkove strongly contests the notion that Chopin intended for the views of the story's main character to coincide with those of the author. [1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rusty1shackleford (talkcontribs) 21:24, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

While many critics do believe that chopin's tale is about female liberation, in Lawrence Berkove's criticism he brings up several points that counter this theory. Berkove points out there is no significant evidence to suggest Mr. mallard was an awful husband. He then goes on to suggest possibly Mrs. Mallard may have been mentally ill.

[[User:weav219|weav219] (talkcontribs) 21:24, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Berkove argues that Louise's "self-assertion," really in her case is a manifestation of an extreme self-love, which is exposed in this story as an emotional affliction of her heart that has physical consequences. [[User:Am8zinglysw33t|Am8zinglysw33t] (talk) 21:24, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

It appears to me that a important accomplishment of the book has been not to tell critics whether the joy of freedom that it describes was good or bad.

Theme[edit]

Marraige[edit]

Kate Chopin negatively portrays marriage in the story as being the “blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature” (Chopin). Instead of the story being about a poor wife who has just lost her beloved husband, the reader now can perceive the situation for what it is. A wife finally free of the domestic servitude called “marriage” she was trapped in. The main character Mrs. Mallard is liberated from husband Bentley Mallard through his death, because when he was alive, he would use his “powerful will” to bend hers.p.ocasio42 (talk) 1:31, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Technology[edit]

I recently had a paper published about the role of technology in the story (which I obviously believe is important). I thought that the research might be useful for this article, but thought it would be self-serving to add it myself. The paper is here -- Jdfoote (talk) 02:50, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ Berkove, Lawrence L. "Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour.' ." American Literary Realism 32.2 (2000): 152-158. Web. 5 Nov 2010.