“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin (1894)
In “The Story of an Hour” Mrs. Mallard who “was afflicted with a heart trouble” goes through a lot of mixed emotions after hearing that her husband died in a railroad accident. Kate Chopin uses symbolism, figurative language and irony properly to describe Mrs. Mallard’s feelings and emotions through the story. Mrs. Mallard also feels that she has been trapped in a marriage where she was prisoner of her husband and realizes that it is time for her to live for herself without repression. Professor A’s thesis asserts that most of Kate Chopin’s stories were fiction. The interpretation of Professor A. also suggests that “The Story of an Hour” could have been inspired by a personal experience of Kate Chopin when she was a child. There is no evidence from the text to support this interpretation. The text focuses on Mrs. Mallard’s story not on Kate Chopin. The interpretation is clearly written and organized but does not have enough supporting points to strengthen the argument which makes it less persuasive compared to the other two. Professor B’s thesis states that “Overbearing husbands are the likely cause of multiple problems, including many varieties of physical, emotional and mental dysfunctions.” This interpretation of the text is supported by the fact that Mrs. Mallard clearly finds happiness out of her husband’s death. There are some relevant quotes such as the one found in the twelfth paragraph where Mrs. Mallard says that “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself.” Even more quotes could have been used to strengthen the arguments Professor B is trying to make. Another fact that could have been argued is that her death was the ultimate freedom from her miserable marriage. Besides, the interpretation is neither clearly written nor organized and that makes it less persuasive compared to Professor C’s. On the other hand, Professor C’s central thesis...
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