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Theme Of The Story Of An Hour

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Shelby Dukes Comprehensive Exercise 3 1. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chapin offers a very interesting and complex plot. The readers first meet Mrs. Mallard as she is being presented with the news of her husband’s death. They must be careful giving her this news as she has heart trouble. Her reaction was one of shock and dismay. The readers follow her through her thoughts of days gone by and of the bright future she foresees for herself. 2. Mrs. Mallard as the protagonist in The Story of an Hour, is physically weak with a heart condition, but emotionally strong from years of a restricted life. She is mourning the loss of her husband, but seems to quietly celebrate the beginning of her life. “But she saw beyond that bitter momenta long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely,” describes her unusual feelings toward Brently’s death. She will not go quietly into the night as readers note when she utters, “Free! Body and soul free” (paragraph 16). Readers view Louise Mallard as more of a dynamic personality when they read, “Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her.” Since Brently died in the spring, she was thinking of all the spring and summer days ahead. 3. The theme of “The Story of an Hour” is split into two parts. The first theme is the death of Brently Mallard and the freedom it will give to Louise. The reaction they get, “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment….,” (3) was an expected one. When Mrs. Mallard goes to her room alone, she begins to imagine her new life without restrictions. She realizes, “There would be no one to live for during those coming years;” (14), but “she said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” (11) Showing her joy at finally being able ... ... middle of paper ... ...a new life that Mrs. Mallard feels. The other characters although not discussed very much are shown in a caring delicate light. Her sister held Louise when “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment…” (4). This leads the reader to not knowing whether it is out of grief or if it is a cry of relief. 7. Two important quotes from the story are: “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself.” (14) This quote explains the sadness she feels for the loss of her husband, but the realization that after years of confinement in her marriage, she will finally have a chance at a life. “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease—of joy that kills.” (23) This quote speaks to the irony of how fleeting life is. One minute she felt dead and the next she felt alive only to have life stolen from her yet again.
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