English Composition II
11 January 2011
The Story of an Hour Analysis
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, it is demonstrated that life for a woman was quite difficult towards the end of the 19th century. Mrs. Mallard is given the news that her husband, Mr. Mallard, is killed in a railroad incident. Her reaction is quite shocking. This story explains that both freedom and life should both exist side by side. To properly interpret this short story, it is summed up of how woman were treated during this time, the real truth behind this story, and the irony that is presented upon us towards the end.
The first part of this interpretation explains of how women were treating during this time in history. Women had to undergo many struggles throughout their lifetime. Towards the end of the 19th century is when women rights were very much restricted. Women did not have very much say in anything. Men were the ones who called all of the shots. They were the ones who made all of the decision making in the household. It was mainly all about what the husband wanted instead of the wife.
The second part of the interpretation explains of the real truth behind this short story. When Mrs. Mallard finds out that her husband had died, she is more excited than sad because of her newborn authority and less obligations to be concerned with. The narrator says, “She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” which in short means that Mrs. Mallard was, without a shadow of a doubt, not grieving at all over her husbands death. The turning point of the whole story is when the unthinkable happened. With the turn of a latchkey, Mr. Brently Mallard had entered the front door. He had not been killed in the accident; in fact he was unaware that such an accident had taken place.
The third and last part of the interpretation explains of the irony that is presented upon us towards the end. Before Mr. Ballard could reach her...
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