Symbolism in "The Story of an Hour" Essay

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Symbolism in the “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin For this lesson I read "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. Although there are many literary devices used in "The Story of an Hour", I have decided to write my essay on the use of symbolism.
The literary device symbolism is a technique used to represent ideas and events by using significant or important things that stand out in the story. A few things that stood out most in the story would be the comfortable chair, and Mrs. Mallard's heart troubles. Other things used to represent symbolism in the story were the blue sky and the open window.
Mrs. Mallard had significant heart problems and this was stated in the beginning of the story. A heart is a symbol of emotional care and
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Mallard. “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair.” It states that after finding out the news of her husband’s death, she goes to her room and lets her body just sink into the chair. “She sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” The chair was comforting to her, where she left all the pain behind.
Mrs. Mallard felt something was coming to her but she did not know what. The descriptions of colors, scents, and sounds that filled the air were all new to her, possibly describing the new life she would have now that Mr. Mallard was dead. “Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own.”
In conclusion, I think that the literary device symbolism had a great use in the story to help explain important parts in detail and give a more of a descriptive imaginary picture to readers.

The use of Symbolism in “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

By
Bridget DeBow

English 1302
Central Texas College
April 4th, 2013

The Story of an Hour Outline Thesis:
I. Although there are many literary devices used in "The Story of an Hour", I have decided to write my essay on the use of Symbolism. Para. #1:
II. Mrs. Mallard has heart troubles
a. "Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble" Para. #2:
III. Patches Of Blue

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