The imagery in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is used to understand Mrs. Mallard as a character, express the theme of freedom, and to identify the irony in “death by joy.” First of all, imagery is used in “The Story of an Hour” to help the reader understand Mrs. Mallard as a character. A long list of the deaths from the crash were delivered to the newspaper office. Leading the list off, right up top, was “Brently Mallard.” Right away, Kate Chopin tells the reader that Mrs. Mallard is afflicted with heart disease. Brently Mallard’s friend, Richards, comes to break the news to Mrs. Mallard. “It was her sister, Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (6).
The main idea of this short story is about the reflections of a women’s thoughts, Mrs. Mallard, after the announcement of her husband 's sudden death in an accident. This story connects to modern day issues because some women are actually being oppressed by their husband or significant other and feel a strong sense of freedom when they pass away. In this analysis there are four main literary devices that are used to illustrate the theme which are metaphors, irony, foreshadows, and similes. The theme that kate chopin used to idntfy the story line is a womens freedom. In this quote, “’Body and soul free!’”, Mrs. Mallard verbally recognizes her freedom now that her husband has died, and it is important to the story because it highlights her true feelings about her husband.
Body and soul free!” (525) You are intrigued to know why Louise would be joyful seeing that her husband has died. By the end of the story you see the irony that she doesn’t die of happiness, but rather dies of sorrow knowing that she isn’t free anymore. In “The Story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin uses strong irony to emphasize her theme of the unhappiness of marriages during this time. Irony is evident throughout the story, rather than the last five paragraphs, as irony plays out in the sense that, after learning about Brentley’s death, Louise retreats and becomes joyful. “She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her” (525).
The latter theme is evident in the love for his wife as well. Although the wife is a minor character, I think that she was created as a platform to convey themes such as love and to show that these feelings live on despite the passing of the individual in question. Themes are central to making the story more universal and applicable to the real world. My opinion of the extract is that it begins to sow the seeds for the development and plot of the story. I genuinely enjoyed the extract as I feel that it evoked strong feelings such as an appreciation for things that we have taken for granted as exemplified when Ling mourns his dead wife and also the feeling of long-lasting friendship which I think is something that everyone can relate to.
“Annabel Lee” was the final poem Edgar Allan Poe wrote before his death. The poem was published until after his death. Worried as he was by the harm of many women during his life, including his young wife, Virginia, who died 2 years before him, Poe frequently wrote about women dying. “Annabel Lee” is no exclusion. Since the poem was written after Poe’s wife’s death, it is believed that it was probably written for her.
The story “A Story in an Hour” was written by Kate Chopin, a recently recognized feminist writer. In this short story we find four characters, the protagonist Louise Mallard a women with heart problems that cannot get overly excited or extremely sad situations. Brently Mallard Louise’s husband, a kind and loving man. Josephine Louise’s sister cares very deeply about her sister and helps Louise with her heart problems. Finally Richards, he is Brently’s friend he is present during one of Louise’s, supposedly, difficult moments.
One of the most captivating factors that make the story stand out among the rest is its plot. According to Lucke (1999), a good short story can be easily identified through its plot, and that covers not just the actions that are featured in the short story but the sequence that the actions or events unfold as well. The story’s plot can be described very briefly as being about a woman that receives the news about her husband’s death, secretly rejoices upon receiving the news and, with her husband turning in alive, the woman loses her life in the process through a heart attack. The woman and her husband could be considered as the major characters in the story. The author elaborately uses the art of exposition in developing the plot of the story.
“The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin in 1894. In this story, the author presents us a woman named Louise Mallard, spouse of Brently Mallard, who lives under a suppressing marriage. Until one day, she receives the news about her husband’s death, causing a mess in her emotions. Later in the story, Mrs. Mallard dies from a heart attack after a shocking revelation. It is considered by an extensive part of readers as a master piece of literary work.
Her life could have been drastically different. After reading the entire novel, I asked myself was it a good or bad thing that Mr. Reed died and put Jane in the care of his wife? However, of the continuing of reading this novel, you realize that the life she grew upon influenced her on who she became by the end of the story. She was able to experience what having a family was like, what friendship was like, and what most people think is the most important factor in life; love. Although there were many obstacles to experience these events, without her uncle passing, she would not have been able to meet people the individuals whom she did meet, she would not have been able to find the love of her life, nor find the freedom and independence that as a child she never thought she would encounter.
Kate Chopin wrote a story about Mrs. Mallard, a married woman who suffers from heart problems and also has to cope with her husband recent passing. Mrs.Mallard, she showed sincere grief about her husband passing. However, looking back at how controlling her husband Mr.Mallard were in their marriage, Mrs.Mallard felt a sudden joy when processing her husband death After her sudden emotional change, Mrs Mallard felt liberated when she started thinking about what her life would be like without Mr.Mallard, but regardless of the happiness she feels, she knows that once she sees her husband in corpse that sadness will return. Through her writing, author Chopin readers/ audience would be women who feel trapped and controlled in their marriage. Anger, loneliness and heartbroken are feelings that women who're coping with the death of their loved one feel.