Chopin shows a part of herself through Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour”. Like Mrs. Mallard, she strives for independence, for Chopin was surrounded by female influences most of her life. At a young age, she became aware of how capable women can be on their own. When Mrs. Mallard loses her husband, she finds the taste of freedom to be enticing as she looks forward to her new future. Chopin also lost her husband in a sudden death, yet she continued on in both of her careers: literature and motherhood. She may have felt the same way as Mrs. Mallard, but not expressed it externally.
Mrs. Mallard does not think that her marriage is the greatest. She never obtains the satisfaction in her relationship tha...
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...onic that one life seems to be “resuscitated” as one is lost.
Chopin’s life may have been her inspiration for the creation of “The Story of an Hour”. Her aspirations of independence are reflected through Mrs. Mallard’s hysterical stages of grief. She experiences several different feelings that contradict one another throughout her chaotic day. Chopin understands the excitement of freedom that Mrs. Mallard begins to feel and may have experienced the same emotions internally. Chopin knows how to function as an independent woman due to the large amount of female role models that were present in her life. The heart plays a large role as the symbol of Mrs. Mallard’s struggles both physically and emotionally. Irony is found in confinement and in death; one Mallard lives as another dies. Altogether, this story is filled with symbolism, emotion, irony, and a personal touch.
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