Analysis of Kate Chopin's the Story of an Hour Essay

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In 1894, Kate Chopin wrote “The Story of an Hour.” The story is about a young woman, named Mrs. Louise Mallard, whose husband died in a railroad accident. Mrs. Mallard struggles with heart troubles, and her sister must break the news to her gently in order to prevent her from having an attack of some sort. Eventually, the news is broken, but Mrs. Mallard takes the news differently than most wives would. Kate Chopin uses literary tools such as figurative language, symbolism, and characters’ qualities to elaborate the details of her short story “The Story of an Hour.”
On February 8, 1850, Kate O’Flaherty was born to become a renowned author, Kate Chopin. She grew up among widowed women: her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, for
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Mallard’s grief and despair for the death of her husband. Mrs. Mallard also “carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.” This simile later depicts her joy of her husband’s death and triumph from him restraining her from living life free. Last, Chopin used irony to demonstrate how Mrs. Mallard “had died from heart disease--of the joy that kills.” She was finally free, but when Brently Mallard, her supposedly dead husband, walked through the door she was traumatized and overwhelmed again with hopelessness and her previously mentioned heart trouble killed her. That is what they had tried to prevent in the first place, when her sister and friend of husband broke the news of his death to her. Symbolism is shown when qualities or ideas are represented by something else. There are quite a few symbols is this story. When Mrs. Mallard sat in her arm chair facing the open window, she was taking a rest from her oppressive life and society’s expectations symbolically. The open window symbolizes the freedom after her husband’s death, and the patches of blue sky between the thinning clouds were the new hope she was finding and going to find with her new life without restrictions. Mrs. Mallard herself could also be seen as a symbol. She could have taken the place of all the women with restless marriages in that time period, where the marriage between a man and woman was the foundation

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