There are many literary elements in the story and I single out two of them for literary analysis, irony and symbolism. When I read through the story, I find that Kate Chopin has introduced a number of…
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icted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death.”(213) I consider this as an important irony on which the entire superstructure of the story is built. Mrs. Mallard’s authentic reaction to the news of death is one of relief, though she begins to weep immediately as soon as she is told about it by her sister Josephine. This is the irony of her real state of mind and the state of mind which she wants the people around her to believe. Privately, she accepts the news of death as a matter of fact incident but immediately craves internally to live a long life. Thus the irony of the situation is, she considers Mr. Mallard as a constraint or a hurdle to her wellbeing and to live a fully contented life, according to her plan of actions. I see an element of irony in her ‘heart trouble’ that has double meaning. It is connected to her mental ailment. Her private world always craves for experiencing the joy of independence. With the breaking of the news of the death of her husband, latent joy engulfs her that she positively imagines that she has reached threshold of freedom. She feels liberated. It will be even correct to describe that she feels that she is born again. The excellence of Kate Chopin is evident in the manner in which she has succeeded in creating an ironic situation. Mrs. Mallard can’t be condemned for her private joy; rather her reaction is to be pitied, when Mr. Mallard walks back to her life again, hale and hearty. I see this ironic situation takes the full circle in the life of Mrs. Mallard. The greatest irony is, her death as a broken hearted woman, not because Mr. Mallard is alive, but her newfound dream of freedom is snatched away from her.
Symbolism is the second literary element that has been used with telling effect in the story. The the story is full of symbols. Mrs. Mallard, on receiving the news of the death of her husband, moves to another room to experience the
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The story of an hour was published in 1894, depicts the emotional repression of a woman who is in a state of confusion and irony of married life. The insight revelation of Louise Mallard even astonished her; the sudden outburst of grief subsided and turned into pure buoyant feeling.
She experiences grief: “She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair … motionless … except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her...” Then an epiphany: “But now there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one of those patches of blue sky.
Her reaction and the events that follow form the plot of the story. The story ends when it turns out Mrs. Mallard’s husband is alive. The news that her husband is not dead shocks her to death. Different interpretations are given to the story, especially in regard to the ending; most people assert that the story can be given a feminist interpretation, and that the story is about the oppression that women often face in marriage.
1 Name Professor’s name Class Date The Story of an Hour – Literary Analysis Order No. 838183 Introduction ‘The Story of an Hour’ is a scintillating short story by Kate Chopin that got published in 1894. Throughout the course of history, we find that women had lesser rights and opportunities to pursue their careers or the dreams when compared to men.
She looks forward to the beginning of a new life, which she can live as per own convictions. She sits alone in a room, perhaps brooding over the next course of action. The sad incident deeply touches her inner
As the story unfolds, the husband who was thought to have died in an accident; was portrayed as one who was bent by the norms during their time, making her wife take the role of a wife, staying at home and taking care of the
Josephine was afraid that if she told her, Mrs. Mallard would have a heart attack. Instead, Mrs. Mallard felt joy and freedom at the thought that her husband was dead. A friend of Mr. Mallard, Richards, had brought the news to the house; he was in the
She experiences a freedom that she hasn’t felt since before marriage. After Louise discovers that her husband is alive, she dies, being released from married life in the permanent freedom of death. Through symbolism in the
She then became best known for her major novel, The Awakening (1899), which brought negative reactions for mentioning taboo concepts such as adultery and miscegenation. The disapproval led to the stoppage of her publishing despite that