Every human has a different approach when enduring the loss of a loved one. In Kate Chopin’s, The Story of an Hour, Louise Mallard received the news of her husband death. During this time, widows normally grieve for a long period, but Mrs. Mallard is an atypical widow. She grieves for a short period of time, but then she is overcome with a sense of freedom because she is free from an oppressive and unhappy marriage. This is an example of how The Story of an Hour portrays irony.
Mallard. The two true themes of this story are loss and irony and Mrs. Mallard embodies both of these. The theme of loss is littered throughout this story; first Mrs. Mallard thinks that she has lost her husband; second she finds out that she has lost her new freedom, and finally Mr. Mallard loses his husband. While many readers may see Mrs. Mallard’s death as the greatest loss, Chopin’s writing suggests that it is instead the loss of new life that Mrs. Mallard has so quickly discovered. She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour.
“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.
Kate Chopin and Feminism in“The story of an hour” “The story of an hour” is a story about a young woman 's psychological changes after her husband 's death. Mrs. Mallard afflicted with a heart trouble. At the beginning of knowing her husband was killed in an accident, she was upset and wept. But after she went back to her room, she thought of her husband 's death , which made she wouldn 't have to suffer from her husband 's oppression, so she freed herself from the sorrow and felt the joy of having freedom. She thought she gained a new life.
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.
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
“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.
The biggest aspects of life a person is guaranteed to face are choices. In Kate Chopin’s story, “The Story of an Hour”, a woman receives mistaken news about the death of her husband. However, she becomes overexcited and dies due to a poor heart condition. In “Regret”, Chopin introduces an old woman who lived her life independently and alone. By the end of the story, she began to resent sacrificing major opportunities in life when she was younger.
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.
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.