Mallard and how she comes to understand her husband’s near death. In the beginning of the story, Mrs. Mallard’s sister Josephine, was afraid to tell her about the death of Mr. Mallard. The reason she was afraid was because Mrs…
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On the list of people who were killed in the accident, he saw Brently Mallard, Mrs. Mallard’s husband. He went to the house to tell her. Although Josephine and Richard’s feared that the news would kill Mrs. Mallard, the news made her happy. The more Mrs. Mallard thought about her husband being dead, the better she felt. She relished the idea and was getting used to it. Just as she was feeling free, she looked out her window and saw many images that were also a sign of freedom. For example, Mrs. Mallard observed the impending spring rain, the songs of the birds, and the blue sky. Mrs. Mallard was happy for the first time in her life. She would not be under the thumb of her husband anymore and she would be able to live as she wanted. “Free, Free, Free” (par. 10) she exclaims, as a rush of that freedom washed over her while she sat in the chair. She was giddy from the thought of this wonderful freedom. Mrs. Mallard felt so happy that she cried and laughed at the same time. She, nor her family thought that perhaps Mr. Mallard had not been on the train. When Mr. Mallard walks through the door, as though nothing had happened, Mrs. Mallard felt a sudden sense of shock and disappointment. As a result, Mrs. Mallard’s heart gave out and she died of
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In this respect the paper is driven by the idea of anti-patriarchal dominance and more freedom for a woman within the family. First and foremost, it is vital to admit Mrs. Mallard’s first reaction on the news that her husband is dead. Chopin illustrates it in the following way: “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment” (748).
The aspect of narration which strikes one immediately is the fact that the protagonist is referred to as Mrs. Mallard through a large part of the narrative. Divesting the protagonist of a distinctive name and identity of her own may, however, well be said to be a deliberate symbolic strategy on the part of the writer.
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.
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the short story named as The Story of an Hour is entirely different because there is less evidence to prove that the protagonist (say, Louise Mallard) is the victim of domestic violence originating from male domination. Thesis statement: The characterization of Mrs. Mallard in
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