Simple action, detached point of view, third person limited.
The Story in Context: American experience and literary genre
Published in 1894 in an era with many social and cultural questions occupied American’s minds, Chopin’s work shocked her 19 th century readers. The story was initially rejected by Century and Vogue magazine. The “Woman Question” involved which roles were acceptable for women to assume in society. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920.
Since the 1960’s rise of the feminist movement, Chopin’s work has been rediscovered and is now acclaimed for precisely the reasons it was denounced during her lifetime.