“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
South University Online
Composition I – English 1001
Professor John Flynn
October 31, 2010
Chopin uses imagery and descriptive detail to contrast the rich possibilities for which Mrs. Mallard yearns with the drab reality of her everyday life. Chopin uses specific words to give the reader a background on Mrs. Mallard’s position. Chopin uses “Fearfully” to describe what Mrs. Mallard’s reaction is when she finds out her husband is dead and realized that she is on her own. The word “Fearfully” shows that Mrs. Mallard did in fact love her husband. It does this by giving the reader the implication that she was worried about how she would live without him to be there for her. She was afraid to go on without having him there for her. Later on in the story the use of the word “Unwittingly” describes Mrs. Mallard’s mood. This shows that Mrs. Mallard had made peace with her husband’s death, and she is doing what she has to do. Mrs. Mallard is not going to worry about her husband’s death because she has realized that “There would be no one to live here life for her.” Mrs. Mallard is unwittingly doing what she has to do. At the end of the story the reader finds out that the husband is in fact alive as he enters the house “Composedly.” Kate Chopin uses composedly to describe how the husband is a good husband. He is a good husband because he is calm, he is under control, and he is imperturbable. He is what would be considered a good husband because of these qualities. Chopin uses these words to describe the characters to help the reader understand how each character is and how they compare to other husbands and wives in that time period. Chopin also uses irony in the story to give us a more understanding of the marriages of the time period. Chopin uses irony to make the meaning of the story stand out more. Chopin uses many different ways to show us throughout her story “The Story of an Hour” that...
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