Symbolism –Rendering the Hidden Meaning of the Story Essay

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Symbolism –Rendering The Hidden Meaning of The Story Symbolism is an important element in reinforcing the meaning of a story. It is a kind of formalist strategies which helps the reader understand the images that the author is trying to say in words. Symbolism is widely used in “The Story of An Hour” and “The Cranes”, which use conventional symbols, literary symbols, and even allegory. “The Story of An Hour” is written by Kate Chopin. Mrs. Mallard hears of her husband’s death from her husband’s friend Richards. At first, she feels depressed, but then she feels free and can have her own new life after thinking things through. Sadly, her “new” life is cut short by the abrupt return of Mr. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard, who has a bad heart, was so …show more content…
The first symbol in the story is the armchair, “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair.” (Chopin, 15) The adjectives used to describe the armchair are comfortable and roomy. These symbolize an embracing feeling, warmth and love which contrast and outstand the grief of Mrs. Mallard. It also symbolizes security. The view outside the window is the main symbolism of the story. She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves. (Chopin, 15) “The tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life” (Chopin, 15)and “the delicious breath of rain was in the air” (Chopin, 15)symbolize emergence of her new life and become a strong contrast with the inside the room which is sadness and heartbreaking. These also symbolize Mrs. Mallard, who starts to look at the world outside the window, the room which is the opposite of her house and her world that she never noticed before her husband’s death. Freedom is symbolized in the story by using symbols. The “patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds” (Chopin, 15) symbolizes the infinite of the universe. It also symbolizes the freedom and the wonderful future life that Mrs. Mallard

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