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The Innocence of Brently Mallard in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin After reading "The Story of an Hour", there appears to linger a feeling in the reader or reader of disgust, or even hatred towards the 'man'. This is particularly true for those who have read other popular works by Kate Chopin that also seem to subtly cast the male personality at a dim, wicked, negative sort of light. So it is not inexcusable to assume that the reason Louise Mallard succumbed to such a gloomy end is because of her husband, causing oppression or abusing her. However, Louise Mallard is not a victim of oppression caused by her husband Brently. She is a victim of this victim of the oppression caused by marriage in the nineteenth century. Louise Mallard wasn't introduced as 'Louise Mallard'. Unlike another female Josephine who's title remains unknown, her first name 'Louise' was not mentioned until very late in the narrative. Paradoxically, her original name was mentioned in the point where she believes that she is wed no longer, if her sister Josephine, "Louise, open the door... What exactly are.