A Critical Analysis Of "The Story Of An Hour"

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A critical analysis of "The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin's "The Story Of An Hour", in my opinion, is a good piece of literature. It is well written, clearly written, entertaining, and it brings a bit of a challenge to the reader.

Starting with the title, Chopin described part of the setting. We already know that everything that happens during this little drama, happens within an hour. This title brought curiosity upon me because I did not realize that many things that could affect one's life could take place in an hour. For example, the recent tragedy in America, within one hour much had happened in the borders of the United States and Chopin's choice of title brought that to my attention, within an hour much could happen that could completely change someone's life.

The way the story is written is very straightforward. The author tells you exactly what is happening but still leaves enough room for your imagination to fill in the blanks.

For example, when Chopin describes Louise's room with "the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair" (page 378), and then goes on to describe what Louise sees outside, she tells us that our protagonist isn't living a bad life monetarily. Louise has a nice comfortable chair in her bedroom where she has a nice view of a square with trees and people.

The way Chopin describes the weather follows the same suit. "There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds"¦in the west facing her window" (page 378). The author tells you what to imagine but there is still room for you to add, for example, the sun shining through the clouds and warmly hitting her face, among other things.

The language used was also good. It wasn't the usual...