The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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“The Story of an Hour," written by Kate Chopin in 1894, is one of the most popular short stories in literature. “The Story of an Hour” is related to woman’s role in society back in the late 19th century, and the story shows relationship of a wife and husband’s, and freedom for the woman. The main character in the story is named Mrs. Louise Mallard, who seems unhappy with her married life and with her husband Brently, and she has some health issues. Mrs. Mallard health issue leads to death of herself, when she finds out that Brently has survived from the train tragedy. This leads to success of the story with an unexpected ending. The surprise ending of “The Story of an Hour" written by Kate Chopin is successful due to her use of symbolism, foreshadowing, and irony.
First of all, Kate Chopin uses symbolism to make the surprise ending successful. She focuses on freedom for women in society during that time period. One of the symbols for freedom that she uses is an open window: “Mrs. Mallard could see wonderful blue sky, top of the trees which were aquiver with new beginning, the exquisite breath of rain in the air from her open window” (Chopin 180). The open window and the view indicate new life and better future for herself with freedom, also other occasions that are waiting for her after death of her husband. Furthermore, death is also a symbol of freedom. Back in the 19th century, marrying someone was serious. If a woman gets married to a man, this meant the woman gave power…

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