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            “The Story of an Hour” is about a
woman named Mrs. Mallard, who has a heart condition and finds out that her
husband had been killed in a railroad accident. During the nineteenth century,
which is when this story was set to take place, they did not have the technology,
items and transportation that we have today.  Not only did they not have the technology and
transportation that we do, but the way of life for a man and a woman were much
different than the way of life now. Women of this time did not have much freedom
or many rights. When Mrs. Mallard found out that her husband had been killed
she wept for a moment and then began to realize that with him being gone, she
could be free. Once Mrs. Mallard started to see more positives out of her
husband’s death it begins to show that life for a married woman was not like it
is like today. If the story “The Story of an Hour” was set in modern-day time,
the characters, especially Mrs. Mallard would change because she would not only
have access to greater technology but also her way of life as a woman and a
wife would be different.

            One of the main differences between
this story and modern day, is the fact that if her husband was hurt or killed
she would have been the first to know about it. She would have been the first
person that the police or the hospital would call to inform. For instance, in
the beginning of the story the narrator states that “It was her sister
Josephine who told her…” (Chopin 555).  Today,
she would have received either a phone call or a police officer at her front
door. With that being said, she would have also a cell phone that has social
media on it. Meaning, that the incident of a major rail road accident would not
only be on the news on the TV, but also on majority social media sites.  In current times, we can hear about new
information or major incidents through phones, TVs, computers or radios. In the
nineteenth century they did not have access to any of these, except the radio,
which still was not as advanced as it is today. During this time, they also
lacked technology in the medical field.

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            The
story would change if the characters had access to greater technology. For
example, when the narrator said, “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with
a heart trouble…” (Chopin 554). With that being said, doctors and the medical
field did not have the technology to truly define what her heart trouble really
was. If this story would have been set in modern-day time, they would never define
her heart with “heart trouble”, they would simply examine her heart until they
could give her a valid explanation of her heart issues. With all of the
technology and resources that are accessible today doctors would know exactly
what was wrong with her heart, or close to exactly. The story ended with the
narrator saying, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart
disease…” (Chopin 556).  During the
nineteenth century, many technologies and devices were being discovered for the
medical field. These devices however, did not give them the answers for
patients that technology today can. In modern-day time, if she truly died of
heart disease they would be able to define exactly what heart disease she had
died from. Technology has grown so much over the years and is continuing to
grow every day. With this incredible growth it gives us opportunity in many
ways, mainly in the medical world. Although technology would play a big role in
character change, so would the way of life for a woman and wife of this time.

            There are many differences between
marriages, and women in the nineteenth century than modern-day time. Women
during the nineteenth century tended to marry at a young age, younger than the
men. This was shown in the story when the narrator said, “She was young, with a
fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.”  (Chopin 555). Today, both women and men
typically wait until their late twenties to marry. Mrs. Mallard also kept
mentioning freedom shortly after finding out about her husband’s death. After
she was beginning to realize that she would be “free, free, free!” (Chopin 555)
she thought it was a “monstrous joy that held her” (Chopin 556). With Mrs.
Mallard being so young when she got married, she had yet to live her life the
way she had truly wanted. Mrs. Mallard did not have much choice, from the time
she was born she lived through a man, first her father, then her husband, because
that was the way of life for women in the nineteenth century. Even if a woman
tried to divorce during this time, it was very unlikely for them to achieve the
divorce. If this story were set in modern-day time, she would not have to worry
about being free after his death, because she would already have her freedom
before and during the marriage. Also, women in current time can not only
divorce for any reason they please, but they have equal rights in life as a
man.  In modern-day Mrs. Mallard would
have her independence as a woman in her marriage along with equal rights.

            In conclusion, Mrs. Mallard’s
character was lacked technology and rights as a woman because of it being based
on the nineteenth century, but if it was set in modern-day time she would have
access to greater technology, more freedom in her marriage and equal rights as
woman. With that being said not only would her heart condition have been
identified clearly, but she would have been able to have her independence while
still being married.  Lastly, her entire
way of life would have been completely different as a wife and a woman.