To pray without a hopeful heart is not praying at all. Breathing, yet not truly living today because of wishing for tomorrow, is not living at all. Alive, yet dead in spirit, Mrs. Mallard believes to have found her life after hearing that the life of her husband has presumably ended. From a bolted door to an open window, Mrs. Mallard perceives her husband’s apparent death as a release from the chains of marriage. In “The Story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin breathes a glimmer of life into Mrs. Mallard through death.
As we know the character Mrs. Mallard finally enjoyed how joyful it was to have freedom and viewed the world with a fresh outlook, but suddenly all of her dreams broke up, and this caused her death. She actually died of shock when she saw that her husband wasn’t dead after all, and all her new freedom was not to be. She would be referred to the prison of her life as a Victorian wife. The ending greatly satirized that not all women wanted to be dominated by their husband and society.
The heart beats strongly and she embraces the idea of finally being free from her marriage. When Mr. Mallard died, Mrs. Mallard 's statement was "free! body and soul free!" and quiet whispers of "free, free, free" (533). This lets the readers know that she was not happy in her marriage with Mr. Mallard.
She becomes a woman free from male dominance. In the end she discovered that Mr. Mallard isn’t dead, and she dies of what the doctor says was her heart disease and joy. I see this story as a female struggle.Women were never superior to men back then, and Mrs. Mallard shows us that when she dies because even her short fantasies of freedom weren’t real.
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is about young a woman who is addressed by her married name, Mrs. Mallard, whose husband befalls a tragic death. Instead of being sad and full of despair for the rest of her young life she feels a very strong sense of relief because in all honesty she never liked the idea of not having free will in her marriage. As she sits in her room and thinks about her situation she only feels relieved, almost happy that her husband died because now she can live her life. However just when her life seemed to be going in a very positive direction Mr. Mallard turns up at the house, very much alive. Seeing her husband alive causes her such distress that she has a heart attack and dies immediately.
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the author uses many conventions in this narrative short story such as character development, plot control, and irony. By using these conventions, she is able to captivate the reader in an interesting yet twisted short story. Chopin wrote this story intentionally making it seem realistic. Realistic writing uses common occurrences, controversial topics in society, and character interactions. Usually this style of writing is very ironic just like “The Story of an Hour”.
The reaction they get, “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment….,” (3) was an expected one. When Mrs. Mallard goes to her room alone, she begins to imagine her new life without restrictions. She realizes, “There would be no one to live for during those coming years;” (14), but “she said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” (11) Showing her joy at finally being able ... ... middle of paper ... ...a new life that Mrs. Mallard feels. The other characters although not discussed very much are shown in a caring delicate light. Her sister held Louise when “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment…” (4).
Literature allows people to experience and learn life’s lessons through text. One of the most commonly used literary devices is irony. Irony can be defined as the difference between appearance and reality, or when a reader expects or assumes one thing and the opposite is true. It allows an author to engage and surprise the audience, which often also teaches an important lesson. Two classic examples of irony through literature are Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin.
Chopin uses irony on this story to bring out Mrs. Mallard is a dynamic character by the changing she makes though out the story. After Mrs. Mallard heard the news of her husband’s death “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arm” (278). When she sees, her husband is still alive and standing by the door “…doctor said she had died of heart disease -of joy that kills” (280). This is very ironic and has a big change from the beginning. Mrs. Mallard does not feel ill when she heard the news of her husband is died, she is died from knowing her husband is still alive.
The short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a story about a widowed woman. Through the story, Chopin explains what emotions and what Mrs. Mallard is going through. Mrs. Mallard is told that her husband was killed in a wreck. She was overwhelmed with emotion and had to rush to her room to be by herself, the readers see a different side of Mrs. Mallard that no one knew she had. What her true emotions are is not what the readers are made to believe at the beginning.