how are women’s lives portrayed in the story of an hour?
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In Kate Chopin’s story, the women are portrayed as dependent persons who are denied from experiencing the outside world. The first time the protagonist’s real name is used is when she is alone in the room as if in front of people and in public, a woman’s identification comes from her married name. Women are seen being denied of their rights and independence once they are married. They live under the shadow of their husbands as seen in Louise, who is able to think of freedom only after her husband’s death. A woman is expected to wail at her husband’s death, refusing to believe the news, irrespective of the fact whether the marriage was a happy one or not. But that is not the case of Louise, who seemed relieved at her husband’s death as that’s the only way women like her could regain their lost freedom.
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