The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

713 Words Mar 11th, 2016 3 Pages
In “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, the main character and protagonist Mrs. Mallard experiences a spiral of emotions, from shock to freedom from her role as a wife; after learning of her husband’s sudden death. This story takes place in the era when women were known as just a wife and mother. In addition, the narrator starts with assuring the reader of Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition; which makes her appear weak from the start. This story expresses on what people know about freedom and humanity through symbolic meanings that are found in myths and religious cultures. The narrator takes an archetypal feminist approach when analyzing Mrs. Mallard’s steps in discovering a free life for herself, without the burdens her husband brought her.
Kate Chopin uses a metaphorical archetype to describe Mrs. Mallard’s reaction when first hearing about her husband’s death stating, “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone” (Chopin; para. 3) Chopin refers to grief as a storm because like a storm, grief goes through intense cycles that eventually come to an exhausting end. In addition, storms represent a spiritual cleansing that happens when life gets interrupted. For example, in the King James Bible, God flooded the earth to cleanse the wickedness of the human race. To accomplish this, he needed to wipe out everything and everyone aside from those in the Ark, and to do this he would flood the world, “The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty…

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