Interpretation Of The Story Of An Hour

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The story of an hour, by Kate Chopin is a good short story about a woman, Mrs. Mallard and and her husband, Mr. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard is known to have heart problems so her sister was very careful when telling her about the death of her husband. "But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely" (Chopin 517). This information shows that Mrs. Mallard is hiding something from everybody, she acts distraught around her friends and family, and she even cries in the privacy of her room, but deep down she feels a sense of relief. Josephine insists that Mrs. Mallard goes downstairs and she does. They get to the bottom of the stairs and Mr. Mallard enters the house. Richards tries to hide …show more content…
My personal interpretation is that Mrs. Mallard has heart problems and the shock from hearing about the death of her husband was too much for her. The author mentions that she felt free after she heard the news about Mr. Mallard. I believe that Mrs. Mallard was not fully aware her husband was gone and never coming back. If she would have realized this she would have acted differntly once she realized that she would be doing everything on her own for the rest of her life. When Mrs. Mallard saw that her husband was still alive at the end of the story, she did not die from joy, instead she died of shock. The author uses this ending to make the reader want more. I think she does this to make the reader read the story again to see if the missed anything. The author keeps the seentences realitivily short in order to keep the reader 's attention. This is a good idea because if the sentences were really long, it would have been harder to understand and harder to keep the reader 's attention. Mrs. Mallard uses the word "free" consistently throughout the story. I think it signifies that she has a freedom which she has been wanting for a long …show more content…
Both of the stories are about people who are trying to get out of something. In "The Story of an Hour", Mrs. Mallard is trying to not think about the death of her husband, or she is trying to get out of a bad relationship. In "The Use of Force," the little girl is trying to hide that she is sick from everybody throughout the entire story. In the end the little girl ends up being forced into something that she does not want to do. That is where these two stories have differences. Instead of being forced back into a relationship that Mrs. Mallard does not want to be apart of, she dies and is able to become free in a different form. However, the little girl can not get out of being forcefully checked by the doctor, and she will have to live with that for the rest of her life. Both of the authors used short paragraphs in their stories to keep the readers

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