The Story of an Hour and The Storm by Kate Chopin

The Story of an Hour and The Storm by Kate Chopin

This change was evident through the pieces of literature being written at that time, with a greater focus on women, their rights, and their independence. Two of the stories written at that time, “The Story of an Hour” and “The Storm”, are a clear depiction and portrayal of how times were changing at that time for women, and how they were finally finding their footing in a society that was dominate by males. Kate Chopin, the author of both of these short stories, has used strong female characters, and as a feminist author, she is seen to mirror the characters of Louise in "The Story of an Hour" and Calixta in "The Storm”. The women in Kate Chopin’s stories all seem to be trapped in confining gender roles, and they try to challenge these roles and break out of them.
“The Story of an Hour” was written by Kate Chopin in 1894, and it is one of the most famous stories of Chopin, along with “The Storm” which was published in 1898. Kate Chopin’s stories are known to be centered on female protagonists. Kate Chopin herself was quite independent for the women of her time and was well aware politics and other social issues. This fact is clearly reflected in her writings by her sole focus on women characters in the plots. . Not only that, she has molded the characters in a way that they are a personification of her beliefs. They are shown to be free-spirited and independent, or desiring independence and the issues surrounding these women are more on the controversial side, reflecting the rebel in Kate Chopin.