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Story of an Hour: Introduction
Story of an Hour: Plot Summary
Story of an Hour: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Story of an Hour: Themes
Story of an Hour: Quotes
Story of an Hour: Characters
Story of an Hour: Symbols
Story of an Hour: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Kate Chopin
Historical Context of The Story of an Hour
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- Full Title: The Story of an Hour
- When Written: April 19, 1894
- When Published: 1894
- Literary Period: American Realism
- Genre: Realistic fiction
- Setting: The domestic realm of the late 19th century.
- Climax: Having accepted and rejoiced in her newfound freedom, Louise exits her bedroom only to find her husband coming through the front door, a sight that fatally shocks her heart with a “joy that kills.”
- Antagonist: The sexist and inhibiting expectations of women in 19th century society.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Story of an Hour
Vogue Magazine. “The Story of an Hour” was originally published as “The Dream of an Hour” in Vogue magazine. Back then, Vogue was a newspaper published every week and was intended to cater to the upper class of New York. The publication also published another of Chopin’s most famous short stories, “Désirée’s Baby.”
Film Adaptation. In 1984, PBS aired a film adaptation of “The Story of an Hour.” The film was called “The Joy that Kills,” taken from the story’s last line, and was written by Tina Rathborne and Nancy Dyer.