Background to “Story of an Hour”
by Kate Chopin
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.
originally considered a feminist story,
but in the 1960’s, the Women’s Movement
adopted the story as one of the “Great
could not vote
could not own property, or control her
Once a woman married, anything she owned
became her husband’s.
It was very unusual for a women to go to
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.)
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.
you may have noticed, women had
virtually no control over her life, her family,
or her future.
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.
that you know all of this, how does it
change your view of:
• Louise Mallard
• Brantley Mallard
• Their marriage
• The ending of the story?