The Story of an Hour
In “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin describes the emotions and feelings that Louise Mallard experiences as she learns of her husband’s supposed death. The author represents a negative view of marriage as she speaks of Mrs. Mallard’s joyful emotions while spending an hour in her room alone. The story suggests that the death of a loved one maybe a feeling of freedom rather than grief. Kate Chopin also uses characterization as she describes the different emotions that Mrs. Mallard experiences, although her husband's death would cause her great pain when she hears the news, she feels a great sense of relief.
When Mrs. Mallard is first told of her husband’s death, she experiences a sudden feeling of grief. “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance” (Chopin, 160). This quote demonstrates how Mrs. Mallard knew that she should grieve for her husband but she was also thinking of her newfound independence. “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms” (Chopin, 160). Mrs. Mallard feels an abrupt hurt and betrayal as she heard the news without deep comprehension of what had happened and how it would change her life. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her” (Chopin, 160). The author suggests that Louis has a deep inner-life that is not connected to the outside world of her husband or friends and that she cloisters herself in her room to discover her feelings.
Louise’s experiences a sudden change of emotions once she goes into her room to comprehend the death of her husband. “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank” (Chopin, 160). While Mrs. Mallard’s sits in comfort with her connection to the world, she thinks of her life and the wonderful opportunities to come. “She could see in the open square before her house...
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