Essay on The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin
The Story of an Hour is a short story written by Kate Chopin that illustrates the unusual, negative, and secretive side of a marriage that is unknown to the rest of the characters in the narrative. Chopin uses many different kinds of literary devices in this short story in order to portray the confinement, freedom, and hope that death brings about for Mrs. Louise Mallard, the main character. The story focuses on the way Mrs. Mallard handles and copes with the breaking news of her husband, Brently Mallard’s, recent death. It explains the way she feels and the thoughts going through her head and ends with an ironic, surprising twist.
Mrs. Louise Mallard is a young lady who lives all alone in her house while her husband is away building railroads. This is a very time consuming job, which requires him to be gone for long periods of time. She “seems to live a psychologically torpid” life and is trapped by her marriage to Brently. (Jamil) Although she loved and cared about her husband, sometimes she felt as if she did not truly love him. This unrequited love is what seems to have been trapping Mrs. Louise and illustrates confinement, the first major theme in the story.
After hearing the news of her husband’s death, Mrs. Louise locks herself in her room all alone to mourn the loss and “she would have no one follow her.” “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment” and waited patiently for the tears and sadness to end. (Chopin) In her room, she sat by herself…