The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

973 Words Feb 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever read a story about a woman who is ecstatic to hear of her husband’s death? "The Story of an Hour" is a short story in which Kate Chopin, the author, presents an often unheard of view of marriage. An analysis of “The Story of an Hour” faces us with one unanswered question. Why was Ms. Millard overfilled with joy after hearing the passing of her husband’s death? The answer is quite simple. She was overcome with joy due to the fact that she was trapped and finally had the opportunity to taste freedom. I believe the question, “Death caused by love or joy?” has been overlooked and has not been analyzed in complete depth. Many readers assume that Mrs. Millard passed away upon hearing the arrival of her husband because she died from happiness of his return. The author used detail imagery when upon Mrs. Mallard hearing the sudden news of her husband’s demise. "When the storm of grief has spent itself” establishes the weather theme. The image of a gloomy and dark setting portrays death and sadness. Her reaction to her husband’s demise is what every person would expect. She was distraught. Although, her discerning reaction shows that she is an emotional woman. After a while, she stopped crying, but she knows that she will cry again when she sees her husband’s deceased body. When Mrs. Mallard received the news of her husband’s demise, she immediately sprinted upstairs to seat in her "comfortable, roomy armchair." The armchair symbolizes the relief from the…

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