Story Of The Hour Literary Analysis

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Symbolism is used in literature to show not only the importance but also to signify the ideas the writer is presenting to the reader. The symbolic meaning sometimes differs from original form of the meaning. It is an object that is explaining/ showing another similar object in a completely different way that is much more meaningful and has a bigger impact. In The Story Of The Hour written by Kate Chopin is a heartfelt and an emotionally drawn story. The first theme that first caught my attention was love. Kate writes about a woman named Mrs. Mallard who suffers from a heart condition about to be told by her sister that her husband had passed away. When we think and talk about love it is generally expressed as most of the time difficult, heart breaking and complicated. As movies and romantic books like to persuade us to what we can only read in fairy tales. Finding love is tough, but the tragic passing of a loved one is one of the toughest things people go through in life. As most wives would be distraught and unable to carry on with their lives, it seems to be easier for Mrs. Mallard. In the following sentence, “Her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (Chopin). The words used to express how she was telling her about the death showed the hard, uneasy and heartbreaking aspect …show more content…
Symbolism is ultimately used to provide meaning beyond the surface. Mrs. Mallard’s heart is perhaps the most significant symbol in “The Story of an Hour”. Her heart troubles represent both her physical and emotional troubles. They also mirror the tribulations that many women faced during the 19th century with the ongoing issues concerning inequality. Choplin’s use of symbolism is also used as a measure of reinforcement. The deeper meanings and emotions that are evoked essentially reiterate Choplin’s theme, but in a new

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