She used the notion of death and the thought of her father, whom she never got to be acquainted with, in a number of her stories. In The Story of an Hour, she transferred what she felt about the death of her father into the main character, Louise Mallard, from her short story. Mrs. Mallard had just lost her husband in a railroad accident and she knew that she didn’t adore him with all of her heart. Kate Chopin wrote taboo tales that challenged the principles of society. She wrote one of the most unnatural books in American Literature during the Realism Period, The Awakening.
Dramatic is when the reader know something that the characters don’t such as in scary movies when u know where the killer is hiding but the characters don’t. Last is situational, it is when an unexpected situation occurs that was opposite of what the characters and audience expects. The story is about a woman named Louise Mallard with a heart disease that could kill her if she is surprised or overly emotional. So when her husband, Brently Mallard, dies from a train accident her cousin goes to her house to break the news. She is very careful to tell her because of her condition, but when the news is said Louise goes to her room crying and locks herself in.
Not only is she restricted through her marriage and by her bad heart, but also by being confined in her home. However, after she hears the news about her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard could see the “delicious breath of rain [in] the air” known as freedom (Chopin 17). Mrs. Mallard silently whispers “free, free, free a... ... middle of paper ... ... The characters portrayed by Kate Chopin in “The Story of an Hour” reflect the author. As similar to Mrs. Mallard herself, Chopin is a portrayal to most women from the past that had no freedom.
Soon her sister along with a family friend discover that Mr. Mallard had been killed in an accident. With caution they gently confronted Mrs. Mallard and told her the heart breaking truth of her husband’s death. After crying her eyes out she locked herself in her room to be alone. Though she seemed terrified she also realizes that she has freedom she is truly saddened by his death, but she feels liberated and free for the first time. As Mrs. Mallard is having this epiphany her sister keeps trying to check up on her.
She sits on her armchair, looks out her window, and fantasizes about what her life will be like without her husband, Mr. Mallard. Shortly after, Josephine comes for her, thinking Louise will get ill about the news and they both walk down the stairs. To Mrs. Mallard’s dismay, the door flings open: Mr. Mallard was alive! Mrs. Mallard was in shock but mostly disappointed, for the future she dreamed of without her husband was ruined, and dies. According to the doctor she had died of the joy that kills.
To her, her life is terrible but she is constantly portrayed as a heartless woman who seems to be overjoyed by her husband’s death. Mrs. Mallard although viewed as inhumane, is actually more humane than most people would want to believe. While her actions seem questionable or even maybe harsh; but they are far from what is perceived. What readers need to think about is what it was like for women during those times. “The story itself presents a valid argument in favor of Louise as she is portrayed as the oppressed wife finally set free after her husband's death.” (Marquand) In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, she uses the feeling of bondage and true freedom through Mrs. Mallard, to show how women can be trapped in a restrictive relationship because of society's beliefs.
She made everyone think she was so depressed about her husband passing while going down stairs but deep inside she held a secret which was that she was actually glad for this tragedy. Then a turn of events occur where everyone including Mrs. Mallard see her husband standing at the front door, she was so shocked she had Rodriguez5 a heart attack. The doctors said she was so excited that she died of the “joy that kills.” A manifold of examples... ... middle of paper ... ... All these were examples of the Ironic and Symbolic references I identified in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.” Kate Chopin uses all this Symbolism and Irony to add more effect to infancies the things she wanted te reader and audience to know. Works Cited 123 helpme Editors. “Symbolism in ‘The Story of an Hour’.” 123 helpme.
Kate Chopin describes a story of great irony. The story greatly shows how women were repressed in the past. Women were not treated equally to men, and they had less freedom, rights, and power. Freedom is a basic human need people thrive on it, it is so important to human beings regardless of what country, religion, cultural you live in. Kate Chopin introduced Mrs. Mallard, a young woman who finds out her husband has died in a train wreck.
The objects and spring time help her confront her guilt. When she is pulled away from the window her freedom is also ripped away. When she learns her husband is alive she can’t bear the thought and soon her whole world “descended”. (489) Saldivar4 In “The Story of an Hour” Chopin uses irony in a way that gives the ending a shocking surprise. According to the University of Hawaii the character Louis feelscontrolled as “She sometimes loved her husband, but in a way she has been dead, a body subjected t... ... middle of paper ... ...ve been the cause of her death.