Setting Analysis of the Story of an Hour

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Nathan Valentino

Setting Analysis Of “The story of an Hour”
“The Story of an Hour” is a story about a woman, Mrs. Mallard, who comes to find that her beloved husband Brently Mallard was killed in a railroad incident. She mourns of his death in a different way than most would and tries to find a way to get over it. There is a drastic twist to the story when through the front door walks Brently Mallard who had actually not died. Then Mrs. Mallard drops to the floor dead, “of joy that kills”. (The Story of an Hour)

The setting takes place inside the House of Mrs. Mallard. She hears the news of her husband’s death and goes and locks herself inside her room. “When the storm of grief had spend itself, she went away to her room alone. She would have no one to follow her.” (The Story of an Hour) This seems to be one of the most important lines in the whole entire story because the author Kate Chopin uses the setting of a room alone with no one to follow to describe her sense of freedom and abandonment at the same time.

This setting describes her abandonment because obviously directly after the death of her better half she feels like a part of herself had died. She is weeping because she will never see him again and she will miss the memories that they have shared. Mrs. Mallard appears as if she is simply at a loss for words and doesn’t even know what to say feel or do. She has herself and is alone in her room with only her mind and thoughts to be her companion. This could be quite depressing, which supports the feeling of loneliness. The setting of the being in the room alone makes you feel plain out sad. The setting starts to take on a very different type of emotional tie to Mrs. Mallard when she begins to get feelings of freedom. She is not trying to hide that she loved Brently Mallard but now that he is gone, she feels as if she’s free to do as she pleases. She has just herself to worry about and no one else. Being alone in her room starts to...
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