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標題:Feminine Self-Assertion in ‘The Story of an Hour’
學年95
學期2
出版(發表)日期2007/04/30
作品名稱Feminine Self-Assertion in ‘The Story of an Hour’
作品名稱(其他語言)
著者王緒鼎
單位淡江大學英文學系
出版者
著錄名稱、卷期、頁數真理大學人文學報 5頁107 - 120
摘要This essay attempts to prove that Kate Chopin explores feminine selfhood in a patriarchal society through the heroine's spiritual journey to freedom in "The Story of an Hour." In this story, Chopin presents us with a picture of a complicated and complex development of Louise Mallard's spiritual awakening triggered by the false news of her husband's death in a train accident. Louise is a pioneering feminist searching for selfhood and freedom, not "an immature egoist and a victim of her own extreme self-assertion" (Berkove 152) as some critics like Lawrence I. Berkove maintain. While questioning Berkove's argument that not thinking clearly" (Berkove 157) and is suffering from an "early stage of delusion" (Berkove 156), this essay suggests that Chopin's exploration of feminine selfhood and freedom is vividly displayed in a rich and colorful literary style, especially the use of symbolism and ironies. Although Chopin's presentation of Louise's self-assertion is in a positive and sympathetic manner, she acknowledges that Louise's search for ideal feminine selfhood and freedom in a hostile environment of a patriarchal society is extremely difficult, as it has to face strong denial, refutation and powerful resistance from the conventional institutions such as marriage, family, friends and other social establishments. By the death of Louise at the end of the story, Chopin clearly implies that any woman's search for ideal feminine selfhood is impossible in an age dominated by patriarchs, but by Louise's search for selfhood and feminine emancipation, Chopin obviously shows her visionary foresight for a possible hopeful feminist era to come.
關鍵字female self-assertion;spiritual journey;freedom;language manipulation;symbolism;patriarchal society;conventions
語言英文
ISSN1727-7647
期刊性質國內
收錄於
產學合作
通訊作者王緒鼎
審稿制度
國別中華民國
公開徵稿
出版型式,紙本
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