Narrator and point of view

Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is told by a third-person narrator. The narrator mostly follows the perspective of Louise Mallard, the main character, after she is told of her husband’s death: “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead”. The narrator has access to Louise’s thoughts and feelings:

There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. 

Nevertheless, the narrator turns out to be omniscient, with insight into th...

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