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The article Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour written by Lawrence I. Berkove in American Literary Realism is devoted to the main character and particularly to the nature of her character. The author presents the debate over whether Louise is an immature egotist and a victim of her own extreme self-assertion (Berkove 152). The arguments he provides do not give reasons to contradict this opinion. The author is sure that Louise is an innocent as a child and her egoistic thoughts are the result of the immature egotism originating from the behavior of her husband. It is obvious that the husband treated her in not a very good way and this possibility to become free unexpectedly due to the particular circumstances appears a great opportunity for her. Lawrence I. Berkove lays stress on the fact that initially Louise is a highly brought up person who would never think in this way if a tragedy did not happen. Only the circumstances, which released her from suffering, make her behave in such a way.
The Autonomous Female Self and the Death of Louise Mallard in Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour by Mark Cunningham is an article devoted to the discussion of the reasons of Louises death. The main idea of this debate is that Louise has died because of the overwhelming feeling of freedom. The author presents the arguments from the text that Kate Chopin never writes that Louises death takes place after she sees her husband. She dies at the moment he enters the room, but Louise, according to Mark Cunninghams argument, never sees him. It is the feeling of the freedom that makes Louise stop breathing. The author of the article is very convincing in this way. He gives several quotes from the text, which totally shows that Kate Chopin does not make Louises husband a reason of her death. This is a common idea, but it is absolutely wrong. The main argument the author presents is that Chopin never writes that Louise has seen her husband. She dies when he enters the room, but it does not mean that he is the reason of her death.
Daniel P. Deneaus Chopin's The Story of an Hour is an article the main idea of which is defining whether Louise was a monster or very unhappy woman. The debate is very impressive as the author tries to provide the arguments to support each side. The possibility to do it proves that Kate Chopin was very argumentative and controversial in her judgment. One the one hand, the author proves that the idea Louise pursues after she gets to know about her husband death really makes her a monster. It is unacceptable to be happy because of the husbands death. However, at the same time, the author presents the arguments that the overwhelming freedom Louise feels is justified. She was too oppressed by her husband and did not have an opportunity to feel free; therefore, when she has such an opportunity it is obvious that she wants to be happy. The article does not present the final authors conclusion about whether she really was a monster or very unhappy woman, but Daniel P. Deneau leaves it for a reader to develop personal opinion on the basis of the already discussed information.
Selina S. Jamil in the article Emotions in The Story of an Hour describes the emotional condition of the main character and the mood of the whole setting. Defining the mood in the story, the author is sure that the emotional coloring is rather negative, even though the main character is happy to become free. Generally, the basic mood of the story is dark. The death of Louises husband does not allow her to be too positive. Even the positive emotions described in the story have a negative coloring. Selina S. Jamil tries to convince the reader that being positive about the further freedom the main character is still upset. She remembers her previous life and understands how unhappy she was. That great feeling of freedom, no matter how positive it is, cannot hide the general negative coloring of each action, of each her step. Selina S. Jamil is persuasive in her writing as some ideas and arguments from the text do not allow her to have another point of view.
Heather Kirk Thomas in his article Kate Chopin's Scribbling Women and the American Literary Marketplace dwells upon the place of a woman in different works by Kate Chopin. Woman is considered from different perspectives in Chopins writing. Heather Kirk Thomas tries to understand whether the author of The Story of an Hour has some particular picture of a woman. According to the author of the article, Kate Chopin created particular stereotypes of women and tried to show these stereotypes in her writing. A woman in her stories was an oppressed creature, which appeared under the pressure of her husband. The same biased attitude to women can be seen in her other stories. Heather Kirk Thomas is sure that Chopin does not make an attempt to consider deep reasons of womens behavior in her stories; she just creates an ordinary woman without giving her distinctive features and applying to her any particular characters. Heather Kirk Thomas tries to convince the reader that Chopins woman is an ordinary character dependent on a man without any significant powers and strength.