Love that kills

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In “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin effectively illustrates the broadness of Louise Mallard’s selfish emotions in the wake of the news of her husband’s death. Through Louise Mallard’s transformation from first a repressed wife to liberated widow, Chopin uses imagery, symbolism and irony to help the reader better understand the emotional internal self-centered bliss the main character acknowledges. By using the literal device of imagery Louise Mallard’s egocentric emotion is shown by the vivid description of nature. When Louise Mallard believes her husband is dead, she retrieves upstairs to the privacy of her room. When Louise enters the empty room she finds herself sinking into a comfortable chair facing an open window. Out the window, she sees "…the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air…and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves” (Chopin 236). Although the trees, plants, and growing life have always been there, for the first time, Louise just now realizes how alluring the scenery is. The brilliant descr...
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