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'the Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin
In ‘The Story of an Hour', Kate Chopin creates a character that changes from "a woman afflicted with a heart trouble" to "a goddess of Victory." It is in her own use of language- imagery, symbolism, and descriptive details- that Chopin illustrates the profound changes in Mrs. Mallard.
The plot takes place mainly in the mind of Mrs. Mallard, which makes it necessary that the reader understands her personality and where thoughts are derived from. First, Mrs. Mallard is described as having "a heart trouble." This is important because it explains why her sister took great care to break the news to her. She is also described as being "young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength". This is significant information in understanding why she grieves only momentarily. Mrs. Mallard's marriage did not allow her to express herself. She was never allowed to show her emotions, or to show or use her true strength, but instead had to repress them. As the feeling of freedom sets in her mind she begins to describe herself as a "goddess of Victory." Mrs. Mallard began, for the first time in her marriage, to feel beautiful and charming. In the story, she gets her first chance to show off her newfound strength and beauty when she lets her sister in to see the "triumph in her eyes". Chopin writes, "There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime…." This is the only glimpse that the reader gets into Bentley Mallard's character.
Mrs. Mallard's transformation is almost entirely internal. The only external evidence of her changes is the whispered yells, "Free! Body and soul free!" The statements themselves are powerful, however, their external appearance is limited to the "whispering" of short phrases, indicating the large burden of

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