“The Story of an Hour” is a great short story written by Kate Chopin in 1894. This story is full of ups, downs, and surprises that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Chopin begins the story by introducing the main character Mrs. Mallard, who upon learning that her husband has been killed in a tragic railroad accident does not respond the way the reader anticipates. Instead of trying to process what has happened, or even denying it, Mrs. Mallard immediately begins crying hysterically. After a few minutes she decides that she needs to be alone.
She never found what it was like to be truly happy because he life ended to short. Perhaps if people put gender aside, Curley’s wife could have lived a longer
When being told by her sister that her husband has died from a railroad accident she feels some sort of relief and comfort. She locks herself in her bedroom to think about her husband. She understands that know her husband is dead she is free. Louis sits in her chair by the window in her bedroom and whispers, “Free! Body and soul free!”
Mallard, has just been informed that her Husband, Mr. Mallard has passed away. Though Mrs. Mallard feels sorrow, she soon discovers the bright future she will lead with the absence of her antagonizing husband. She begins to think of all the things she will be able to do, that she was restrained from by her husband for so long. It's almost as if at that very moment, a burden was taken from her, and she could finally move on with her life. In the end, her husband returns and the shock of losing her precious future vanishes, causing Mrs. Mallard to have a stroke, and ultimately dying.
For the time period, in which the story takes place, a male-controlled marriage was normal. Jane stated, “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.” (Gilman) from the statement the reader can deduce the fact, that unequal balance between male and female in marriage was common. Throughout the story of Jane being neglected and belittled, leads to her losing her mind at the end go the story. Jane imagines that a woman is in the wallpaper to hide her problems.
For example, the narrator writes: “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.” Certainly in a healthy marriage, such things are not acceptable. Later, she says, “I am glad my case is not serious,” at a point when it is clear that is
When Granny realized that she was going to die, it came as a total surprise to her, when she said " So Dear Lord this is my death bed and I wasn't even thinking about it. ”(219 ) people might be wondering what this has to do with her successful life. Well, this shows success because Granny was so happy with her life that she didn't want to die, especially when saying "There is nothing more cruel than this, I'll never forget it.”
If the brain does not have anything to occupy itself then a man or woman will go into a state of depression. Being isolated from the outside world for so long caused her brain to start hallucinating. Also, the author of the book “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman stated “ I wrote the yellow wallpaper with its embellishments and additions to carry out the ideal…and sent a copy to the physician who so nearly drove me mad... it has to my knowledge saved one woman from a similar fate-so terrifying her family that they let her out into normal activity and she recovered.” A woman who had had the rest cure along with the narrator and the author has either driven them insane or to the borderline of insanity.
The theme of this short story is betrayal. Richard and her sister betrayed her trust and lied about Mr. Mallard’s death. I think the story of her husband’s death was made up by Richard and her sister. When Mr. Mallard walked in they didn’t act surprised or curious to how he’s alive; they just blocked him from his wife’s view. The tone switches from mournful to joyful and back to mournful.
According to Charles Mccardel“ He withholds the truth, but finally admits to his transgression. He does this partly to ease his conscience, but also (he hopes) to save his hide and protect his loved ones amid a witch hunt that's running out of control.” Even though he tells Elizabeth what he had done with Abigail without her having to find out through somebody else, she does not trust him anymore. It hurts her so bad it is hard for her because what she thought was a good, loving, caring man actually turns out to be a no-good cheater. He tries to make up for what he did through the years.
“The Yellow Wallpaper”, a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, is about a woman with a serious mental disorder. The story shows the decline of the narrator's mental state by the change in her actions throughout the story. The narrator makes an effort to do as she is told to do to try to get better, but unfortunately she just kept getting worse. No matter how hard the narrator tries, she gets distracted and turns away from following the instructions her physician gave her. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the improper prescription that the physician (who was also her husband) prescribes has a negative influence on the narrator's mental state.