Her death at the end of the story is proving ironic because Chopin’s say that she died of heart disease and overwhelming joy, but she actually died because of the failure of her soul. Another example of verbal irony is shown in the title of the narrative, The Story of an Hour. The word included in the title suggests that the events happen in a short period of time in which a lot of events normally don’t occur. The Story of an Hour seems like it lasts a lifetime ,but Mrs. Mallard experiences freedom, happiness, sadness, depression and grief in a mere hour time span. The title, Story of an Hour and in describing Mrs. Mallard troubled
She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour. Because of how excited Mrs. Mallard is, t is easy for the reader to feel the enormous weight of disappoint fall upon her upon seeing her husband. This excellent character development by Chopin creates a great ending. The second theme that is evident through the voice of the character is irony. In one section of the story, Mrs. Mallard declares that even though she loved her husband, she will only mourn his loss in public at his funeral for the sake of her image.
Mrs. Mallard in “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin was one of these lucky few. After Mrs. Mallard finds out her husband died she is struck with a realization that would change her life forever. It is quite ironic how Mr. Mallard’s death brought his wife such great happiness and self-assertion. The literary element of irony helps magnify the tale of rebirth and death of the Mallard family in Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour.” The death of Mr. Mallard seemingly brought his wife a new life. After Mrs. Mallard finds out her husband has died due to a tragic accident, she is quick to mourn his death.
“The Story of an Hour” is written by Kate Chopin. The main character in this story is Louise Mallard, a married woman in the 19th century who has a heart defect, she receives news that her husband died in an accident. After hearing the news of her husband she goes into solitude into her room where she finds herself not has sad about her husband but feeling some relief that she can live her own life and gains a new sense of freedom that she will have in the later days to come. This is where the theme of freedom comes in, this is seen using many literary elements throughout the story some of these would be foreshadowing, irony, and symbols to show Mrs. Mallard new- found freedom from her “late” husband. Kate uses many literary elements in the story the first element used would be foreshadowing.
Kate Chopin, in her work entitled The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and freedom to reveal her belief that women are oppressed while Gilman, having the same view, uses symbols and verbal irony. Chopin and Gilman convey their views on the oppression of women in marriage differently. Kate Chopin, the author of The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and a widow’s independence to show her view that marriage is oppressive. Upon hearing of her husband’s death, Louise Mallard, the main character in The Story of An Hour, recedes to her room. “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.” (Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman.
Popov’s main trait was that she was dedicated to her husband. Mrs. Popov and Mr. Smirnov are both flat characters with only a main trait to distinguish them by. Mrs. Popov is first seen as a depressed widow grieving her husband, but her personality unexpectedly changes after meeting Mr. Smirnov. She starts to realize she isn’t being faithful to her husband by staying locked in the house, but naïve. This is her realization that “falling in love” with Mr. Smirnov is acceptable.
She received the news from her sister, “great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin). At first she was broken by the news when she received it. Receiving the news, she suddenly felt like her world had changed. A dynamic character is a character that goes through a change after a conflict or a crisis, this change happens over time. Even though her husband did not die Mrs. Mallard still went through the traumatic experience of losing a loved one.
Instead of prolonged sadness, Mrs. Mallard celebrates, in a way, her freedom from her marriage; at long last, she could finally live her life the way that she wanted. In the story, the author implies that possibly Mrs. Mallard married him because of the conformity that all women should marry. After hearing about the death of her husband, she feels sad for a short period of time and locks herself in her bedroom to be alone. Eventually, she begins to think about the positives of the situation. The story states, “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips.
Chopin clearly states that women felt that they lost their freedom and that they were just mere prisoners of marriage. Mrs. Mallard’s tragedy is a good example to understand that women were unhappy and depressed, since society forced them to play a secondary role, where happiness and independence cannot be achieved. Kate Chopin, in reality, lost her husband, and perhaps she wrote ‘The Story of an Hour’ to tell that she could not find freedom with her husband’s death, and that the character’s fate was the only possible way to find it, not only for herself but for most women as
As Pearl faces the same shame as her parents, such as being called “an imp of evil, emblem and product of sin" (Hawthorne, 129), her need for care and attention grows larger. The final aspect of love in the novel is one of the importance and connection to family. The humiliation and contempt they all felt brought them closer together as they did not want to witness any of their suffering. Pearl’s reaction to her father’s death exemplifies the depth and strength of their connection. The narrator describes their final moments by saying “Pearl kissed his lips.