Story Of An Hour Character Analysis

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The Story of an Hour is a short story by author Kate Chopin, that was published in 1984. The story was originally published in Vogue, on December 6th, titled "The Dream of an Hour”.

Louise Mallard, the main character, has heart problems. Therefore, at the beginning of the text we are told that she must be informed of her husband’s death in a careful manner. Her sister Josephine delivers the news. The reader is also told that Louise’s husband’s friend, named Richards, had learned about his death when he saw her husbands name at the top of a list of those killed in a newspaper article. As expected Louise begins to sob when informed of the death and consequently goes upstairs to her room to be alone. Luise tries to imagine the years that will follow, in which she only has herself. The thinks she’ll be free, on her own, without anyone to control her and tell her what to do. Suddenly Louise’s sadness disappears as she starts to feel more ecstatic with her newfound sense of independence.
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We’re informed that she's the protagonist, the center of attention, the person who the story and its characters revolve around. The reader is told right off the bat that she is "afflicted with a heart trouble”, meaning that she's unwell but still steady. The description, "two white slender hands", informs the reader that she doesn't work, or part-take in much work consisting of labour. It seems like all the people in her life are looking out for her and trying to take care of her, at least during the hour in which we get to know her. The authord describes Louise physically as “young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength". In simple terms, informing that reader that she's got youth on her side; she's pretty and placid. The reader is told that Mrs. Mallard's has “lines” on her face which indicates that she's full of

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