A Caricature of an Ungrateful and Unfaithful Wife —A New Interpretation of The Story of an Hour

Li Chongyue, Wang Lihua


The Story of an Hour by American writer Kate Chopin is generally regarded as a masterpiece of feminist literature to express the awakening of women’s self-consciousness. The theme of the story is thought to be gender politics by some and to be the contradiction between marriage bondages and celibacy freedom by others. From the perspective of literary interpreter’s cultural context, the author suggests a third interpretation of the story’s theme: it is a caricature of an ungrateful and unfaithful wife.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ells.v3n2p90

English Language and Literature Studies   ISSN 1925-4768 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4776 (Online)

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