“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.
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
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.
Through textual evidence, I believe that Louise Mallard did not see her husband at the bottom of the stairs, but rather passed from the prospect of freedom that she could not handle, and therefore the last line of the story is not sardonic, but in fact truthful; Louise Mallard truly did die of joy that kills. Firstly, Louise’s death was a result of her dissatisfaction with life. In the text, Louise repeatedly makes clear to the reader that she did not enjoy her married life despite Brently’s “kind, tender hands... [and] face that had never looked save with love upon her (Chopin 525).” In Louise’s opinion marriage, it is nothing more to her than a “powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence (Chopin 525).” Throughout her internal monologue, Louise is
“The Story of an Hour” is a story that was set in the late 19th century written by Kate Chopin. She uses irony to present an unheard view of marriage. The story is initially written to have you think that poor Louise, having heart trouble, learns of the devastating news that her husband has been tragically killed. Thinking that Louise is heartbroken by the death of her husband, you suddenly see that she strangely cries “free! Body and soul free!” (525) You are intrigued to know why Louise would be joyful seeing that her husband has died.
Chopin uses the phrase, “…of joy that kills” at the end of her short story. The meaning behind the phrase is somewhat twisted. We know that Louise Mallard is not happy at all to see her husband’s face after thinking he was dead. The joy of Mrs. Mallards independence was ripped away from her so fast which caused the overwhelming feeling which caused her to die. Throughout the story Mrs. Mallard has experienced many obstacles in just the time of an hour.
First of all, the power that close family holds creates fear inside of Rosina when she thinks her father is lying to her. When Thomas Wentworth, Rosina’s father, calls her to his office, he tells her “”Your sister is dead, as she deserved. There will be no mourning, and no further mention of her. You may go.” His look said, as clearly as if he spoken, “Disobey me, and the same may happen to you.”...the next thing I knew, I was back in my room, possessed by a dreadful suspicion that he had caused her death.” (Harwood 117). The power and control over Rosina and her actions is portrayed by her father.
Flexion – after the short story Still identified by Mrs. Slovak, after her husband misjudged the bank of the dam, hearing the sound of a tractor overturning onto himself. Dead, caught him straight across his spine, she looks at him crying, but he starts to go pale. The look on her face, she was in shock like her life was falling apart. “I couldn’t imagine being alone even if he is a pretentious prick.” She called 000, then directed the paramedics to frank after they lifted him on the travel sized bed they soon left, she met him at the hospital for the last few hours of her husband’s life. Waking up, moving her arm across the bed to feel some type of completion, like someone was there to wake up beside her to say good morning.
Once she found out that her husband did not die from the accident, she had died from a heart attack, not from the shock but from the realization and disappointment that he is and was alive. Towards the end of the story it says that "when the doctors came, they said she died of heart disease-- of a joy that kills." (544) Kate Chopin shows that Mrs.Mallard had a little time of free will, and how it felt like, which made her feel for the most part quite happy. Her soul was set free from the discrimination inflicted by society and her husband. But her death can symbolize how she hadn’t left a trace or accomplished the things society wants her to for her husband.
The essay is about Mrs. Mallard, a married woman in the 1890 's with a heart condition. She soon finds out that her husband has passed away, and she is sad at first but then comes to realize that it 's as if a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. As she is thinking about all of this she is staring out of her window and all the signs of life make her realize she can do what she wants now. After she has processed her husband 's death it turns out that he is not dead and he comes home and she sees him at the bottom of the stairs. When she sees him shock overwhelms her and causes her to have a heart attack and die.
Does being a slave mean you have no human rights and deserve to be treated with such brutality that you wish day in day out you 'd rather be dead? Are you a slave because of the color of your skin? Or the family you have been born into? Many of us are familiar with the word slave but very few open their eyes, dig deep into the past and try to comprehend what slaves went through. The inhumanity they faced for what?
While the change of mentality with Mrs. Auld may support Douglass’ claim that slavery was injurious to both the slaves and the slave owners, the truth of the matter was that the slaves were the ones who suffered the injurious effects that slave owners went through. Treating slaves as property affected slave owners mentally, but physically the consequence was endured by the slaves. Slave owners believed that an unmanageable slave was of no use to them as the slave owners believed that the slaves would be unhappy, “ He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy” (Pg 20).