Kate Chopin's The Story of An Hour

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Kate Chopin's The Story of An Hour

In "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin uses characterization, symbols, and conflicts that suggest that in certain situations, the death of a loved one may be a blessing. Such situations may include an abusive relationship, or an unhappy marriage, as this story suggests. In Chopin's story although the circumstances might lead the reader to believe that Louise's husband's death would cause her great pain, ironically, when she hears the news, she feels a great sense of relief. This suggests that death may not always cause grief.

Louise's characteristics add to the theme of this story in several ways. One of her characteristics is her youth. This charateristic is important because it is symbolic of a fresh, new start at her life of freedom due to the death of her husband. She has her whol life to live by herself. She will be free to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it.

Another characteristic of Louise, which also adds to the irony of this story, is her passion for living. She mentions that she will weep again when she is present at her husband's funeral, but she is able to look past that grim moment and look forward to "the years to come that would belong to her absolutely." Just when she is beginning to savor the sweet sense of freedom, her husband shows up at their house alive. When she sees him, she dies, not from the "joy that kills," but because she is heart-broken and shocked at the rality. She dies because she real...

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