The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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“[F]ree, free, free!”,in the short story “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin, the reader is exposed to a woman who celebrates the death of her husband through joy (Chopin 300). The purpose of the short story is that death does not always lead to unhappiness. Chopin creates suspense through characters in the short story through unpredictable emotions to reveal an unexpected twist at the end of the short story.

Brently Mallard, the “husband” in the short story is introduced as a victim of a railroad disaster, “with [his] name leading the list of killed”, he dies and his wife is put into shock (Chopin 300). The exposition automatically introduced to a heart breaking, sorrowful tone brought out by Brently Mallard 's death. The reaction that Chopin builds through Mrs. Mallard is what engages her audience, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance, She wept at once” (Chopin 300). To express and emphasize how devastating his death is, Chopin transitions into Mrs. Mallard’s emotions and feelings . She guides her audience into the belief that Mrs. Mallard is “heart broken”, “She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who had cried itself to sleep continues to sob in it dreams” (Chopin 299). The simile and actions that are described by Chopin here tricks the readers. There is a…

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