“The Story of an Hour” by Kate chopin is about a woman have the scenario of freedom in front of her, but all the sudden, it breaks like foams. The protagonist is introduced with heart trouble and immersed in the grief of the news of her husband’s death. But then she found the opportunity of getting freedom which completely takes her out from the grief. However, it is just a joke that life puts on her, when she’s ready to breathe fresh air in her new life, her husband appeared and she died from heart trouble. Literary elements are used to help author frame the story.
The opening paragraph started with introducing the protagonist with heart troubles which foreshadows that she’s going to die from it and the protagonist is addressed as Mrs. Mallard without the first name, suggests that women didn’t have rights at that time, and they are mostly likely “properties” of men. The quote “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” portraits Mrs. Mallard’s characteristics that she has accepted women’s inferiority and she rely on her husband. “into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion..” “the vacant stare” and “the look of terror” reinforced both physical and psychological shocks on her from her husband’s death.
As the story goes, Mrs. Mallard realized her husband’s death is also an opportunity for her to retrieve freedom. The open window mentioned in the forth paragraph and in the fifth paragraph “tops of trees that … delicious breath of rain was in the air” are both symbolic, representing Mrs. Mallard’s expectation of freedom and rebirth. At the seventeenth paragraph, Mrs. Mallard’s first name Louise symbolizes her own identity, explaining that she has been ready for freedom. “And yet she had loved him…what did it matter” the theme of love is used in the following set ups as a seasoning to emphasis her desire for autonomy.
Move to the conclusion, Mrs. Mallard died of heart disease and it matches the foreshadowing that the...
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