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Background to “Story of an Hour”
by Kate Chopin

Ms. Mohlere
English 131
 First


published in Vogue in 1894.

The location is not given, but most of her
works take place in the United States, ...
 Women
 Women

could not vote
could not own property, or control her
own money.
 Once a woman married, anything she own...
 Divorce
 If

was socially unacceptable.

a woman wanted to divorce her husband
on any grounds, her husband was granted
...
 As

you may have noticed, women had
virtually no control over her life, her family,
or her future.
 Except
 If

one: The widow

a woman’s husband died, she suddenly
gained the social rights over her time and
future, and...
 Now

that you know all of this, how does it
change your view of:
• Louise Mallard
• Brantley Mallard

• Their marriage
•...
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  1. 1. Background to “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin Ms. Mohlere English 131
  2. 2.  First  published in Vogue in 1894. The location is not given, but most of her works take place in the United States, so we can assume that it happens in America.  Wasn’t originally considered a feminist story, but in the 1960’s, the Women’s Movement adopted the story as one of the “Great feminist texts.”
  3. 3.  Women  Women could not vote could not own property, or control her own money.  Once a woman married, anything she owned became her husband’s.  It was very unusual for a women to go to college.  Women were discouraged from pursuing a career, although many lower class women had to work. (They mostly had jobs as servants, working for the upper class.)
  4. 4.  Divorce  If was socially unacceptable. a woman wanted to divorce her husband on any grounds, her husband was granted all property, money, and care of the children. A woman was left with nothing.
  5. 5.  As you may have noticed, women had virtually no control over her life, her family, or her future.
  6. 6.  Except  If one: The widow a woman’s husband died, she suddenly gained the social rights over her time and future, and also the legal right over her money, property, and children.
  7. 7.  Now that you know all of this, how does it change your view of: • Louise Mallard • Brantley Mallard • Their marriage • The ending of the story?

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