Promptly and critically, we come to the observation that Mrs. Mallard’s views about death are too overwhelming for her because of the fact that she has a severe heart condition. In the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, we can see a sense of sorrow yet joy, between Mrs. Mallard’s continuous reflections about life. Through a closer look at Kate Chopin’s use of diction and imagery we first believe that Mrs. Mallard’s husband’s (Brently Mallard) sudden appearance is the only cause of her heart failure which leads to her death. This continues to develop and leads us to understand that Mrs. Mallard leaves her room because Josephine (Mrs. Mallard’s sister) convinces her to walk downstairs. Once she walks down the stairs, she becomes overwhelmed with emotions because she witnesses her husband is in fact alive and standing at the door; these events lead to Mrs. Mallard’s heart failure and overall death.
Build-up was one technique that helped maintain the reader’s interest. “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She didn’t know: it was too subtle and elusive to name.”(Chopin, 1894, p.206). Originally one would believe that Mrs. Mallard was an old sick lady with a heart condition that is struggling with recently becoming a widow, but that story line would be too easy.
Hour of Freedom “The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It details a wife named Mrs. Louise Mallard, who struggles with a heart condition. After learning of her husband, Brentley Mallard’s death in a railroad accident, Mrs. Mallard deals with grief in many stages. Chopin incorporates many literary devices throughout “The Story of an Hour,” but imagery is the most evident. “A Short Guide to Imagery, Symbolism, and Figurative Language Imagery” describes imagery as “a writer or speaker’s use of words or figures of speech to create a vivid mental picture or physical sensation”(Clark).
Kate Chopin is the author of the most popular short story "The Story of an Hour". Chopin paints a bleak picture of marriage in this story. It is a short story focusing on a young married woman of the late nineteenth century as she reacts to the news that her husband has died in a train accident. The story was written in a time period when women did not really have right to express their feeling and desire. Women were supposed to stay home and take care of the family whereas the husbands went out to work.
We think that the form of the “Imaginary” mentioned in Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of Mrs. Mallards family and friends “imagining” that the devastated new of Mr. Mallard’s death would cause her a heart attack, however later on in the story it was mentioned that she was in fact relieved to know she was a free woman of her marriage. Consequently, the reality of Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts, perceptions and feelings were not the same as others may have assumed or imagined to be. Based on stereotypical standards of society this was misunderstood because a wife should feel an enormous pain for the death of her husband. As the story continues, when Josephine whose Mrs. Mallard’s sister told her about the death of Mr. Mallard, instead of reacting in shock as “many women would’ve (Chopin, The Story of an Hour)” done so, Mrs. Mallard “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. (Chopin, the Story of an Hour)” It would be prudent to believe by the way Mrs. Mallard was crying that indeed she was devastated about her husband’s tragic death.
Further, situational irony is present through the reaction that Louise Mallard has after learning about her husband’s death. Upon first learning of her husband’s death she is very devastated and distraught. As soon as she is alone in the bathroom however, it is clear to the readers she is not as upset. In fact she is slightly relieved in that “she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome” (235).
In other words the author used Kate chopin used the two types of irony situational and dramatic irony because she wanted to make the audience shocked because i do not think a woman would act like that if her husband died.Nobody knew why she really died but we are gonna think that she died of shock.The reason they said she died was from shock in my opinion because the doctors had said that she died from the joy that kills and in the story it says “she had died of heart disease--the joy that kills.WHAT'S YOUR THOUGHT OF THE STORY “THE STORY OF AN
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates the personal growth of the dynamic protagonist Louise Mallard, after hearing news of her husband’s death. The third-person narrator telling the story uses deep insight into Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and emotions as she sorts through her feelings after her sister informs her of her husband’s death. During a Character analysis of Louise Mallard, a reader will understand that the delicate Mrs. Mallard transforms her grief into excitement over her newly discovered freedom that leads to her death. As Mrs. Mallard sorts through her grief she realizes the importance of this freedom and the strength that she will be able to do it alone. The story begins in medias res which forces a reader to hang
The ending of the book sparked a lot of controversy over the way that Chopin decided to Edna Pontellier to make Edna commit suicide. The book ends with the suicide of Mrs. Pontellier, but we can connect the death of the main character to Chopin herself who became a widow after her husband died leaving her with five children. It was after the death of her husband that Chopin began to write about the life of a married woman. Mrs. Pontellier’s death was a way of freedom from the shackles of being a mom and having to hide her love with Robert because she was married to her husband. In the story Chopin prepares the death of Edna through the use of symbolism by making her go naked into the water to portray Edna’s revival stating, “How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky!
Her sister tells her that her husband is reported to have been in a fatal accident. First she grieves, and then she goes to her room. She finds that she’s feeling comfortable, free. She’s celebrating his death in the sense that it has unlocked her freedom. She returns downstairs just as her husband comes home-he was not in the accident after all-and she
The reason for her death was “the doctor came they said she had died of heart disease – of joy that kills” (553). The shift of a heart condition from the beginning of the story to heart disease provides to the extent of her internal conditions. A heart condition indicates that there was a problem with her heart but heart disease shows that there were problems with her
“The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin is a short story that discusses the oppression of women in the late nineteenth century when women were fighting to get their rights. Author Kate Chopin started the story by describing a wife, Mrs. Mallard’s, feeling about receiving the news of her husband’s passing. In the beginning, Mrs. Mallard was shocked and cried in her sister’s arms, Josephine, who told her about the railroad disaster that caused the death of her husband. Next, Mrs. Mallard became more relaxed and started thinking about the benefits of the tragedy in a positive paradigm. Later, her hopes of a new brilliant life was gone at the moment when her husband walks through the front door making her realize that he is not dead and that she is not yet free.
Comparing the Tones of “The Story of an Hour” In Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour,” the main character is conflicted by news that her husband has died in a railroad accident. Chopin’s detail and diction portrays not only the tone of weakness but also the tone of overjoyment. The reader feels a sense of understanding towards the main character’s sense of freedom and her frightfulness of people realizing that she is happy that her husband has passed. The author’s detail in the beginning of the story conveys Mrs. Mallard’s weakness and inability to handle the terrible news that her sister, Josephine, is about to present to her. For example, Chopin states that “Mrs.
'"(527) However there is also dramatic irony to the understanding of the story. "When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease- of joy that kills. "(527) She was very happy but didn 't think people would agree with her being happy, so she hid it. Everyone thinks he died of joy. She hid her feelings during the marriage and the ending shows how little her husband and sister really knew about her.
The “story” of her husband’s death was first relayed through telegram to one of her husband’s friend Richards and is broken to her by her sister Josephine. Once Josephine tells Mrs. Mallard of what is sure to be terrible news, she is devastated, at first. She “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms” (Chopin 128) and then went to her room by herself. In that room, she begins to convince herself that this could be a good thing and that she is now “free” (129). Once she leaves the room with “a feverish triumph in her eyes” (129) she watches her husband walk through the front door safe