Essay about The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin gives insight into the secret bifurcated desires of

women: the desire to love and the desire to be unobligated to please anyone. The parallelization

of Mrs. Mallard’s love for her husband and her innate desire to live to fulfill her own pleasures

creates an ironic tone that emphasizes the strength of the woman’s longing to be free from her

domesticated lifestyle.

The image of a bereaved woman mourning her loss, “pressed down by a physical

exhaustion that haunted her” juxtaposed with the image of a woman who “carried herself

unwittingly like a goddess of Victory” creates a drastic shift in tone. We first see Mrs. Mallard

weak, frail, and weeping after finding out that her husband had been lost in a train accident. Mrs.

Mallard sits alone deep thought. She attempts to fight her true thoughts as well as her true joy:

“She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was

striving to beat it back with her will-- as powerless as her two white slender hands would have

been.” The story shifts to a distressed tone when the narrator describes Mrs. Mallard’s heart

beating rapidly. Then, Mrs. Mallard resolves to accept her true feelings towards the situation

rather than the emotions that she expected to feel: “When she abandoned herself a little

whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: ‘free,

free, free!’” That is when the reader begins to…

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