Dr. Kent Harrelson
April 8, 2013
Analysis of Mrs. Mallard's personality in “The Story of an Hour” Marriage is a relationship based on love which requires care, cultivation and defense every day. However, there are times in which the relationship between a wife and her Spouse is merely a slave and master-and. Life in the 1800's was rather difficult for some women to deal with because society restricted women just because there was a general idea that they should not be doing any kind of physical work outside of the house and were not allowed to vote. Women were expected to stay at home to cook and raise the children. Such a lady who had to deal with these restrictions and demands was Mrs. Mallard. She had heart trouble. But her heart trouble was not only of a physical condition but is also emotional desire for freedom. In Kate Chopin’s short story “The story of an hour”, Mrs. Mallard personality deals with the issues of her identity, the passion to live with freedom, and the reaction of lose everything. Story of an Hour reminds one that life is unpredictable and full of surprises. When a woman is told that her husband has passed away, it is interesting to see how “this became a ticket to her freedom, not so much physical, nor social, but psychological”. (James p112-120). Why this psychologically became in a ticket to her freedom? Mrs. Mallard's identity has always been as a wife, not as a person. It was almost as if she were in bondage in her own home. Now with her husband dead, she begins to realize she will no longer have to be subjected to her husband's will. Also, although her husband did not appear to be abusive, the reader intuitively understands that Mrs. Mallard felt oppressed in her marriage and now, for the first time ever, she feels “the possibility of constructing her own identity and identifying possibilities for her own future” (Xuemei 2 April 2013). Mrs. Mallard may have loved her husband at times. However, when realizing...