"The Story of an Hour ' ' by Kate Chopin and "The Yellow Wallpaper ' ' by Charlottle Perkins Gilman are short stories about women in the late 1800 's. In "The Story of an Hour" the woman is living in the city, her husband has gone off to work, she has a heart condition, and she has believed he was dead. The husband appears and she dies because her chance at freedom is lost. While "The Yellow Wallpaper" is in a country house on vacation. She is forced to play sick and is told she must rest by her husband and doctor. As a result she moves into madness believing the wallpaper has come alive.
The darker tones of the story are focused around Mr. Mallard being alive, while the lighter tones occur when Mrs. Mallard believes her husband to be dead. In “Richard Cory,” the tone changes from light to envious to dark tremendously quickly. Towards the end of the poem, the townspeople are clearly jealous of Richard Cory. They worked hard and “cursed the bread” (552). The jealous tone is the first hint that the poem isn’t just a light hearted, song-like poem.
Heart conditions are very serious conditions that can lead to a spur of the moment death. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the readers can quickly observe that Mrs. Mallard becomes too overwhelmed for her own well-being because of the fact that she has a severe heart condition. Through a closer look at Kate Chopin’s use of point of view, setting, tone, diction, images, and symbols the reader first believes that Mrs. Mallard’s husband’s (Brently Mallard) sudden appearance is the only cause of her heart failure, which ends up leading to her death. Daniel P. Deneau expresses that, “As all readers should agree, Louise Mallard receives a great shock, goes through a rapid sequence of reactions, is in a sense awakened and then seems to drink in "a
‘This poor child will most likely have a serious heart defect. A fatal one. I’m trying to spare us all terrible grief’”(18). This quote is ironic, as David makes a fast decision to spare his wife, Norah, grief by giving her more grief with the lie he told her.
Mallard have just found out that there was a railroad disaster and her husband Mr. Mallard is on top of the list that were killed, Then, she went in her room alone and she is feeling depressed and then, she is trying to get some joy back. Now, Mrs. Mallard was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and Mrs. Mallard was striving to beat it back with her will as power as her two white slender hands would have been. Then, she starts to say “Free, free, free!” because she is saying that she is free and she can move on with her life, Then, the unexpected happen. Someone came to the door and grab the door handle and turned it and opened it and everyone lit up it was Mr. Mallard so, everyone asked that “I thought you were dead” and Mr. Mallard said “he had been far from the scene of the accident and did not even know there had been one”.
“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.
Edna has found her new found freedom by moving out of her big house she shared with her husband into a smaller house for herself. She is still trapped by her feeling s for Robert. He comes to visit her for the last time; Edna leaves Robert at her house and told him to wait for her. When she got back, Robert wasn’t there and left her a note, “I love you. Good-by –because I love you.”
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.
In the book Literary and Cultural Theory by Donald Hall, he discusses key principles which define feminist analysis and its subcategories. Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of An Hour,” is about a woman named Louise Mallard who was told that her husband died and she finds joy in her freedom. However, her husband turns out to be alive and when he returns home, Louise dies from devastation. In Chopin’s book The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is different from most women in society and has been rebellious for most of her life with fantasies of forbidden loves. Despite her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two boys, she continues to rebel by having
In the Homeless Bird, Koly was conned into a marriage to a boy who was sickly and in return became a widow after her ‘husband’ died. “While we were alone for a minute, Maa said, ‘The boy is much younger than they told us, and he is sickly” (Whelan, Chapter 1). With the lies and deceit of Koly’s in-laws, she suffered the consequences of being marked as a widow and experiences the pain it causes. By the theme of lies and deceit, the readers can actually visualize how much pain she should go through in following her life story. Meanwhile in the Odyssey, the family of Odysseus was driven by the fact that he will not ever return,
I found your interpretation of this short story interesting and quite different from what I stated. One thing that I do agree with you is the role that Josephine played in the story. Although she is a minor character, she does act as support system towards her sister, Mrs. Mallard. The way she broke the news to her sister "in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing," shows that she was concerned for her sister and did not want to break the news in a devastating way (Chopin 1). Even when Mrs. Mallard locked herself in her room to "grieve," you can see Josephine kneeling down the door and pleading for her sister to come out so she can continue to comfort her (Chopin 1).