This is because it is not easy for anyone to hear and accept the news of the death of someone they loved, especially a spouse one has spent many years living together.
That is why her sister, while breaking the news down to her, used broken sentences and veiled hints that revealed the theme of the message but not its real content.
It must first be stated that there is no agreement about how postfeminism can be defined and consequently definitions essentially contradict each other in what they say about the term.
At its most straightforward, the prefix ‘post’ in this context appears to mean ‘going beyond’ or ‘superseding’: it could therefore be seen as a confident announcement that feminism has achieved its key aims and that there is full equality for all women and a blurring of the boundaries between traditional ascriptions of gender.
In the story we are told that, “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her…
She said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free! Instead of being sad, she felt relieved and free unlike what Josephine and her sister thought.That is why after receiving the news of his death, he had to assure himself by another telegram. Ballard as weak both physically and emotionally thus taking this news is going to be very difficult for her. Ballard broke down into tears immediately and went to her room to have some time alone.While in the room, she discovered that she was not sad but instead she felt as if she was free from her misery and will now be able to live the rest of her life for herself and herself alone.Feminist criticism is the way through which literature has been used to reinforce or undermine the role played by women in the society.This includes the role of women in social, political and economical activities of the society.In this story, it is evident that the protagonist did not get a chance to air out her feeling or emotions.Due to this fact, she found it difficult to even communicate with her husband and tell her the problems that she was going through.The two stories that have been discussed above show the pain and suffering that women go through in the marriages that they are in.die to this fact, their joy, happiness and attitudes tend to change.Through it, they have been able to state clearly their role and importance in the society.The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman are examples of stories that have been used to show feminist criticism. The Story of an Hour was written by Kate Chopin in 1894.