This study guide will help you analyze the text “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on plot and structure, characterization, themes, and the historic context of women's suffrage.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Story of an Hour”
Author: Kate Chopin
Genre: Short story
Year of Publication: 1894
Kate Chopin was an American writer whose literary works did not enjoy much success during her lifetime because her views on women were quite feminist and ahead of her time. She was married to Oscar Chopin and had six children with him before he died. Considering “The Story of an Hour” was written after the death of her husband, it is likely that this real life event had inspired her to write this short story.
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