The Passing of Grandison
Critical Analysis of “The Passing of Grandison”
Love can blind one from all the objections and all the laws under the sun. In the short story, “The Story of An Hour” author Kate Chopin explores the theme of devotion and abuse.
There are many examples of devotion and abused shown within the “The Story of An Hour”. Kate Chopin first examples stems from her sister coming in to tell her that her husband had died in a terrible accident. As her sister comes in the main character feels relieved that her husband has passed away. Author Mark Stewart states in his article, “Devotion in the Light”, “Kate Chopin revealed the only way she would accept a man for marriage, was to be man towards others.”
Devotion and abuse was seen throughout the short story, the next example that reveals this example was how free and Kate felt once she knew she would not be abused anymore. According to author Phoebe Frangoul in her article, “The Women Finding Love in the World of War Craft” she states, “most authors create characters that allow the readers to empathize with the same emotion that is being revealed from the characters.”
Chopin reveals that the husband was no longer dead and as he came through the door, she realized that her abuse will continue. Author Jeremy Longs states in his article, “Another Word for Patience” she states, “Devotion was shown throughout, both in a negative and positive way.”
Kate Chopin excellently revealed the theme of devotion and abuse within “The Story of An Hour” by creating an atmosphere and depression and struggle within one main character.
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