In the story, the narrator is forced to tell her story through a secret correspondence with the reader since her husband forbids her to write and would “meet [her] with heavy opposition” should he find her doing so (390). The woman’s secret correspondence with the reader is yet another example of the limited viewpoint, for no one else is ever around to comment or give their thoughts on what is occurring. The limited perspective the reader sees through her narration plays an essential role in helping the reader understand the theme by showing the woman’s place in the world. At ...
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...e from the past and is saddened to be unable to match the face he now sees of this older woman, to the woman he remembers from years earlier. This provokes a poignant, yet very bewildered image of this man within the mind of the reader, a man who tries with all his might to remember himself for who he is now and not only memories from his past.
Like in many tragically true stories, it would seem Mrs. Mallard 's freedom came too late. Kate Chopin’s, “The Story of an Hour” begins by introducing Mrs. Mallard as a person afflicted with heart trouble. The story builds on this by having Mrs. Mallard’s sister Josephine and her husband Richard explain the situation in a very sensitive manner. Their efforts would prove to be in vain however as Mrs. Mallard then proceeds to emotionally break down. The news shocks Mrs. Mallard to her very core and has her at odds with how she should feel now that all was said and done. After coming to terms with her situation, fate delivers its final blow in a cruel and deceitful ploy towards Mrs. Mallards. And with that, Mrs. Mallard 's dies. In her hour of change Mrs. Mallard 's was delicate, thoughtful and excitable.
“The Story of an Hour” is the story of Mrs. Louise Mallard who suffers of a weak heart. This being the first we know of Mr. Mallard, she is carefully being told that her husband had just passed away in a train accident. As every good wife should, Mrs. Mallard breaks out in grief. At first, the story goes, as it should. Then Mrs. Mallard goes into her room where she begins thinking, and her first thought is that she is free. Mrs. Mallard after years of being in an unhappy marriage is finally free to do what she wants, with no one to hold her back. Yet everything is against her, when she finally accepts that her life will begin now, her husband enters his home, unscathed and well, not having known that everyone thought him dead, a...
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Here begins the tale of Lucetta: When you see the photos from a long time ago you now realize how many years have passed by and that many memories were now forgotten. Sometimes it’s good to forget what has happened in the past but then sometimes the past may leave very good memories that you should always remember forever. This is a tale of an elderly lady named Marguerite was very quiet and had barely said any words and when she had spoken she had talked in extremely firm words, and rarely a sentence. She spoke with an accent so soft but careful for she had lost her husband a few months before I had came on this journey. Her husband was a carpenter, who fixed and built special things to sell, and he had his own business, and he was also a WWII Air Force veteran, and his name was Jules. She had explained her husband Jules was a great husband who would always bring the family together and that they have been together for more than sixty years. She had explained that the both of them have had a strong love and that they have been together through and after the war, and that being with him was not easy that her husband was taken by the German’s and was held hostage and put in a work camp. The first part ends.
Now, as the family of four travels across the continent, the narrator is able to slough off all the obligations which society has dumped on her. Almost relieved, “we shed our house, the neighborhood, the city, and…our country” (378). On the road, she is no longer forced to hide from the friendly phone calls or household chores. The narrator has been freed on the highway to Ontario, Canada. The Prisoner of War, held under siege in her own home, is liberated to be “hopeful and lighthearted” (378). This trip becomes a break from the life that she’s is currently leading, a life which society thinks should make her content. With this new bit of freedom the narrator is able to form an identity for herself.
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin is written in a past period where women didn't obtain any rights. The main character, Louis Mallard has learned that her husband died in a train crash. Ms.Mallard is initially overwhelmed with sadness but as time passes she realizes that she is now free from her husband’s authority and this brings her great happiness. Ms.Mallard feels a sense of victory with her freedom when suddenly her husband returns, alive. Ms.Mallard dies soon after of a heart attack. Chopin’s writing style is engaging because she uses dramatic irony to force the reader to put together the pieces of Ms.Mallard’s real cause of death. In addition to dramatic irony, symbolism in the weather outside Ms. Mallard’s window is used to convey her views on life. Chopin uses both weather symbolism and dramatic irony to produce her writing style.
We met at Astor Place. I said hello, she said hi. Her face was the same as I remembered. It was a Sunday afternoon in autumn, and the wind made her cheeks rosy. She smiled curiously. Looking back, maybe it was less the wind and more the circumstances. It had been quite sometime since our last encounter, two months, if my memory served me.