Literary And Symbolism In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour, was written in 1891, a time when married women were essentially the property of their husbands. Women were considered inferior to their husbands. All they were good for for was cooking, cleaning, and caring for their children. Thier opinions and desires often went unheard. The Story of an Hour is centered on a woman, Mrs. Mallard, who has just received the news that her husband was killed in a trainwreck. Mrs. Mallard reacts in the same way any woman would, in fact she is so consumed with grief that she retreats to her upstairs bedroom. However, she soon realizes that her husband’s death opened up a pathway for her to live her own life, without the restraints that came with marriage in the late 1700’s. Mrs. Mallard returns to the entryway of her house to find her supposedly deceased unlatching the front door, causing Mrs. Mallard to mysteriously pass away. The doctors said she died of “a joy that kills”. Chopin implements literary and structural elements such as metaphors, foreshadowing, and dramatic irony to highlight the theme of freedom and enhance the drama…show more content…
Chopin writes “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been. When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips.” Chopin uses this as a metaphor to show that even though her husband is dead, she is not completely free, as some outside force still has the ability to “posses” her. The first line mentions Mrs. Mallard’s heart problem which foreshadows her eventual cause of death. In the tenth paragraph Chopin writes “Her pulses beat fast and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.” This is an early foreshadowing of Mrs. Mallard’s eventual

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