Passing Of Freedom In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Passing of Freedom Bound, unequal, and dependent upon their husband. This, was the normal way of life for wives of the 18th century. If suddenly, the notion of life as it has always been was altered, what would be the proper reaction? This is the predicament Mrs. Mallard- the subject of Kate Chopin’s’ short story found herself in. Beautifully, and controversially written, The Story of an Hour has rightfully held a place in the minds of its readers as a favorite for years. Author, Kate Chopin eloquently uses symbolism throughout the text of The Story of an Hour, to describe the reaction of a woman, - accustomed to being enslaved by her husband, who suddenly becomes devoured by a too short breath of freedom. In the opening paragraph,…show more content…
Mallard retreats to her room, and closes the door. Perhaps, Kate Chopin felt the need to specify that Mrs. Mallard closed the door, because the door itself represents more of an emotional barrier, rather than just a physical door. Later in the story as Josephine is begging Mrs. Mallard to let her in the door, perhaps, she is really requesting that Mrs. Mallard open herself, and allow Josephine to help her sort through her emotions. Correspondingly, Chopin describes an “open window” (pp 236) within Mrs. Mallards’ bedroom. The use of the word “open” symbolizes that new opportunities that are now possible for Mrs. Mallard. Furthermore, through the open window, the story describes the blue sky breaking through as the clouds move away, more than once. Like the open window, the patches of blue sky symbolize a new, fresh start. The clouds of her past are rolling away, leaving only a clear horizon ahead of her. Chopin then goes on to describe the “new spring life” (pp 236) that Mrs. Mallard views from the open window. Upon first reading of the story, the specifics of what is seen from the open window seem like meaningless details. However, these details symbolize a fresh start for Mrs. Mallards new life. Likewise, from the window Chopin tells that Mrs. Mallard sees salesman at work and birds singing. Both of which illustrate that life continues to go on, even in times of sorrow for
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