Chopin uses the phrase, “…of joy that kills” at the end of her short story. The meaning behind the phrase is somewhat twisted. We know that Louise Mallard is not happy at all to see her husband’s face after thinking he was dead. The joy of Mrs. Mallards independence was ripped away from her so fast which caused the overwhelming feeling which caused her to die. Throughout the story Mrs. Mallard has experienced many obstacles in just the time of an hour.
She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour. Because of how excited Mrs. Mallard is, t is easy for the reader to feel the enormous weight of disappoint fall upon her upon seeing her husband. This excellent character development by Chopin creates a great ending. The second theme that is evident through the voice of the character is irony. In one section of the story, Mrs. Mallard declares that even though she loved her husband, she will only mourn his loss in public at his funeral for the sake of her image.
Another example of Kate Chopin’s usage of irony is at the end when its said, “ they said she died of heart disease- of joy that kills” in a since they are right. The last hour Mrs. Mallard has spent she has experienced great joy; thinking of her new life, but
The essay is about Mrs. Mallard, a married woman in the 1890 's with a heart condition. She soon finds out that her husband has passed away, and she is sad at first but then comes to realize that it 's as if a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. As she is thinking about all of this she is staring out of her window and all the signs of life make her realize she can do what she wants now. After she has processed her husband 's death it turns out that he is not dead and he comes home and she sees him at the bottom of the stairs. When she sees him shock overwhelms her and causes her to have a heart attack and die.
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.
Once she found out that her husband did not die from the accident, she had died from a heart attack, not from the shock but from the realization and disappointment that he is and was alive. Towards the end of the story it says that "when the doctors came, they said she died of heart disease-- of a joy that kills." (544) Kate Chopin shows that Mrs.Mallard had a little time of free will, and how it felt like, which made her feel for the most part quite happy. Her soul was set free from the discrimination inflicted by society and her husband. But her death can symbolize how she hadn’t left a trace or accomplished the things society wants her to for her husband.
In Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”, Chopin illustrates the story of a women, Louise Mallard, who has the emotional experiences of a lifetime, in only one hour. After she was informed of her husband’s death, she immediately feels grief but then finds joy in her newfound independence. After her sister persuades Louise to come out from her room, she walks out to the sight of her husband alive. The intense emotion causes her to die from a heart attack. Throughout this short, twisting story, Chopin crafts the plot with several examples of situational and dramatic irony.
The poem, “the sonnet-ballad” by Gwendolyn Brooks, shows a universal theme of loss which expresses a message about how people could change overtime after a major tragedy. The speaker of the poem repeatedly asks their mother where happiness is. The way the speaker speaks in the poem is clearly depressing as she says, “What can I use an empty heart-cup for…” (line 4). Through the mood of the poem, readers could identify its central themes and loss is one of them. The speaker’s lover has left her and believes that he might be dead.
In the short stories “A Rose for Emily” and “The Story of an Hour,” the authors use literary devices to create vibrant female characters. These literary devices include diction, imagery, language, and sentence structure. “The Story of an Hour,” written by Kate Chopin, opens with a woman, Louise Mallard, who has a heart disease, and her friends must gently break the news to her that her husband has passed away in a railroad accident. She mourns briefly, but then realizes that she can now live for herself, instead of just as someone’s wife. Shockingly, she walks downstairs after fleeing from her friends’ horrible news, and her husband walks in the door.
Sinthia Gomez Mrs. Wood English 1 15 December 2016 Literary analysis essay Letting go of the person you love the most can be difficult. These types of conflicts can lead to depression and cause people to do extreme things in order to not be lonely. In the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, Miss Emily is very lonely since her father died and is having an extremely difficult time letting go. Miss Emily denies her father’s death for three days and finally gives in. Later Miss Emily finds Homer Barron.
“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.
The theme statement that I have chosen from “The story of an hour” is “Death is a moment of grief and happiness” because in the story the main character is Mrs. Mallard and she has a husband named Mr. Mallard. So, anyways Mrs. Mallard has a heart problem and she also has a sister named Josephine that helps take care of her.So, Mr. Mallard has a friend that he works with named Richards and he has come running to Mrs. Mallards house and told her that there has been a railroad disaster and Richards said “Bentley Mallard 's name leading the list of killed”. So, Mrs. Mallard thought her husband died because he was leading on top of the list of who was killed. Then, “she stood paralyzed inability to accept its significance”. Second reason why my theme statement that I have chosen
Mallard has a heart problem (Chopin 128); this will become important as she later dies “of heart disease” (Chopin 129) which makes a pattern as the story both starts and ends the story. Because of Mrs. Mallard’s heart problem, both Josephine and Richards tried to break the news as gentle as possible. So Josephine told her “in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing” (Chopin 128) about her husband’s death. The way Josephine tried to convey this message shows that it should have had a longer effect than the short moment she cried “with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms” (Chopin