Literary Analysis “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin introduces us to Mrs. Mallard as she reacts to the sudden death of her husband. Chopin describes Mrs. Mallard’s emotions as sad, yet happy that her husband has been killed. Kate Chopin’s “ The Story of an Hour” argues that when a person is controlled and made to live under another person their mental state of mind is affected. The story also argues that when that person is freed from the controlling person their true self can finally be achieved. Kate Chopin portrays these themes by the use of character development; plot control, and irony throughout the story.
The main theme is regret. Most people who moved westward regretted it because the quality of life wasn't as good. Characters such as Aunt Georgiana miss their old lives. Cather also shows sympathy for women who have chosen love over art through her theme of the basic incompatibility of art and marriage (SW). When Clark makes his last appeal to Aunt Georgiana to stay with him, she asks him: "Have you ever loved anyone, Clark?"
Phoenix is addressed as “Granny” or “Grandma” and Jimenez, 1 never Phoenix or Ms. Jackson, which suggests she was not highly respected and was treated like a “charity case.” The author illustrates this when Phoenix arrives at the clinic and is greeted by the attendant which rudely states, “A charity case, I suppose.” This is discrimination because the attendant is assuming phoenix is poor based off of physical appearance. The emotions the author has given Phoenix are believable because they match the plot of the story. Phoenix is determined to help her grandson because she loves him very much. An example of this is shown when Phoenix describes her grandson’s condition to the nurse by stating, “No missy, he not dead, he just the same. Every little while his throat begin to close up again and he not able to swallow.
The Worn Path The Worn Path is a story about a journey of a poor and old black grandma who just wants to arrive to town. In the story “The Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, the symbolism of Phoenix’s trip are perseverance and sacrifice that she had in her path to town, and also it represents her life with her constants difficulties visualized with the lone dog, the scarecrow, and the hunter. The perseverance that Phoenix has in order to save her grandson is admirable. When she starts to get dry and tired because of the long trip, she hallucinated things, but it did not stop her to continuo walking and finally she find the Mississippi river. “In a ravine she went where a spring was silently flowing through a hollow log.
Annabella displays her wise, eccentric, and hard-working personality in all of her efforts to aid Kira. Although Annabella is from the Fen and is uneducated, she is one of the wisest people in her village. This wisdom comes from her four-syllable age as well as her knowledge of the dyes. Kira’s thoughts reflect this on page 128. “For weeks, now she had worked with the dyer.
This tale is known for the “Dorigen’s Complaint,” where she talks about all of the women through history who have killed themselves when in a position where they might lose honor. She says, “Yet I would rather render up my life than to be faithless or endure a shame upon my body, or lose my name”(Chaucer 426). It is written to help express Chaucer’s views over the subject of marriage and honor killings. The most generous character, in my opinion, is Aurelius. Mainly because not only did he let Dorigen free from her promise when he says, “...I release into your hand all
In the short story, Mrs. Mallard suddenly finds herself a widow and grief quickly erupts within her. Later in the story a mysterious sensation fills and enlightens her, she soon realizes that the feeling that overtook her was freedom. That all stops when she comes to see Mr. Mallard is alive and well, and Mrs. Mallard dies. Mrs. Mallard’s emotions of impotence, jubilation, and dread convey the message that women of 19th-century marriages were mistreated. Louise Mallard would devote her time to Brentley Mallard’s needs.
She sees the amount of pain Madame Ratignolle is in, how gruesome the scene is, and she makes the comment that she regrets attending the delivery. This serves as a lesson to Edna in many different ways. This was her first big realization that during her pregnancies and deliveries, she did not experience the real pain. Her pain was numbed by chloroform which played the role as an anesthetic. Edna then looks back at her feelings towards the birth of her children.
Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path: Conveying the Theme of Sacrificial Love How much does a grandmother love her grandson? It is difficult to show more love than Phoenix Jackson did in Eudora Welty’s short story A Worn Path. Jackson is an old and poor grandmother whose senses are beginning to fail her, but she goes through seemingly unbearable trials in order to get to town and pick up her grandson’s medicine that will keep him alive. In this heartwarming story, Welty uses symbolism and various conflicts to create the theme of sacrificial love. In A Worn Path, Welty uses symbolism to illustrate her theme by giving the protagonist the name Phoenix.
In the first Act she states, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it” (I, v, 30-37). This speech she gives is crucial to her character development in the beginning of the play. What she is saying in this speech is that she is tired of her husband being weak and wishes that she could be a man.
This pessimistic behavior can also be seen in the fact that a pregnant Bradstreet prepares her family for her death in a time where she should be elated to bring life onto the earth. Instead of being joyous, Bradstreet says, “How soon, my Dear, death may my
And, Hurston’s theme of writing is not direct, the plot is similar, a young woman is forced to marry an older widower. Hurston indicate Janie values in the novel: Their Eyes Are Watching God is joyless with her life, Hurston writes, “Ah ain’t got nothin’ tuh live for” (118). The change of the character growth represents how she has learned about life, including love, and sorrow. The author engage the reader attentions to overcoming fear can lead to harmony. Janie survival help understand that life is challenging , it is wonderful.