Similes In The Story Of An Hour

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In “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin uses symbolism, imagery, and similes to show how marriage was for this woman. “The Story of an Hour”, describes a woman’s view on her marriage after her husband had died. This woman was happy that she was finally free to live her own life and not have to live her life in the shadow of her own husband. This whole story took place within one hour. She thought her husband was dead, but he ended up being alive, and soon after she found that out, she died.
Since it is known of her heart problem, her sister takes time and tries to tell her gently that her husband has died. Like almost everyone, Louise immediately starts crying because of this loss. As time continues, she starts to get this feeling so she goes
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She won’t feel free unless her husband is no longer alive. The fact that it affects her heart instead of any other body part shows that her sorrow from this symbolized heart disease is caused by something inside of her and not something on the outside. Her love for him when he comes home without a scratch is barely described, the story only talks about what was happening. It doesn’t talk about how she is feeling in that moment. The narrator of the story had earlier said “And yet she loved him—sometimes. Often she did not...What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!”, this simple and direct language is only used to describe what Louise is not emotional about, which means that she didn’t have strong enough feelings for her husband. This also shows that she would rather have her freedom from the marriage than be with her husband. At the end of the story, when she dies, Kate chopin wrote “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease—of joy that kills.”, this shows that her heart dropped when she seen her husband at the bottom of the steps. She didn’t want to go back to being a wife and having nothing to live

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