During the time that this story took place married women were highly dependant on their husbands. The problem that is encountered with Mrs. Mallard is that she lacks the joy of Independence. At the beginning of the story freedom to Mrs. Mallard seems like an awful idea because she has been restricted in multiple ways such as the house, her marriage etc. Despite the love that is shared between a husband and a wife Mr. Mallard’s death seems to come as a release from oppression to Louise. As stated by Chopin “ There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself.
This can be seen when she fees free in a confined room, or how her weak heart sets her free from her husband through death. The author also sets up a subtle melancholy tone to the story that leaves the reader thinking and analyzing the sad events that occurred in the hour. She also use her tone to point out the cruelty idea of marriage at the time and how Mrs. Mallard thought it was a crime which left her powerless because she was a woman. Throughout this short story symbolism is quite clear. For example, when Mrs. Mallard is characterized with heart trouble.
The Contrast of The Story of an Hour While Mrs. Mallard is just starting a new life, so to say, for herself, her life she has known comes to an end. She is just able to become “free, free, free!” (57) when she loses her life. Kate Chopin uses contrast with the news Richard’s gave, the way Mrs. Mallard felt in the room and the doctor’s news to show how women perceived marriage in the 19th century in her story The Story of an Hour.
The conflict is probably the most important of what we have discussed so far. In “The Story of an Hour” the conflict is based on Mrs. Mallard and herself. She is fighting against the fact to be joyful about her husband’s death because she can be free; she is trying to mourn for her husband, “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.” (Chopin, paragraph 10, sentences 1-3). Despite that, her joy eventually consumes her, when Mr. Mallard comes home, she dies for lack of joy, or more accurately, she dies of shock, her heart is just too weak to sustain so much excitement at once.
The reader soon discovers, this feeling that comes to Mrs. Mallard is joy and relief, she feels this because she can now finally be her own person. Mrs. Mallard comes to the realization that her husband had been oppressing her for years, “There would be no powerful will bending..”, and she was finally free of that. Before the passing of her husband, Mrs. Mallard was scared of living a long life because of the treatment she received from him. After his passing she had a much different outlook, “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself.” This shows that Mrs. Mallard was excited to now live her own life without being told what she was to do.
Mallard, and the girlfriend want to communicate how they feel and do not want to be constrained. Chopin was a feminist which encouraged her to write The Story of an Hour. Women do not want to feel possessed and want to be self-asserted (Chopin, 2004). Women are told to respect their marriages and must abide to society. Mrs. Mallard feels free of duties when she understands that her husband has deceased.
In “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard says she will be sad for her because of her husband’s funeral, “but she saw beyond hat bitter moment” (Chopin). She looked to the future and said that “there would be no one to live for… [but] she would live for herself” (Chopin). She looks forward to this idea.
This article examines the conflict between life and death for ladies, who were not free and could not express thoughts, or achieve their goals in The Story of an Hour, written by Kate Chopin. The text shows that after the news of her husband’s death Ms. Mallard runs and locks herself alone in her room. The heroine looks through the window in the room and starts to feel something that she had never felt before. In this moment she begins to feel freedom and even she whispers “free, free, free!” under the influence of great joy.
Mallard realizes that she is a free woman. As Chopin writes, "But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely." Mrs. Mallard was sad because her husband passed away, but she was glad he no longer controlled her life. The main conflict in the story was whether Mrs. Mallard should feel sad or glad her husband passed away. After Mrs. Mallard thinking she's a free woman, Chopin writes, "She did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that held her."
However, everything will change completely and Mr. Mallard feel no longer sad over her husband’s death. Instead of the she found joy and excitement the death of her husbands. Kate Chopin, the author, now gives us the impression that somehow Mrs. Mallard been mistreated in this relationship and the death of her husbands is all the best. Mrs. Mallard seem to be pleading and is hoping for long life to enjoy her happiness. Later Bentley entered the house and she saw her husband still live.
In the short story “Story of the Hour” by Kate Chopin it talks about a wife by the name of Mrs. Louise Mallard who is married to Mr. Brently Mallard and didn’t have a great life. Although the story didn’t state that her life wasn’t great it through little hints like; “Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble… (128).” Chopin’s “Story of the Hour” opens up with the death of Mr. Mallard from a fatal train wreck, although the ending revels otherwise. Chopin’s short story discuss the situation of marriage and also women freedom. Being married involves two individuals who have to compromise and respect one another.
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” portrays the strain marriage can have on a women. In the past and even today, marriage is seen as being one of the biggest accomplishments a woman can make. This may cause women to rush into a commitment they were never ready to make. In “The Story of an Hour”, Louise Mallard, a woman with heart problems, reportedly loses her husband, Brently Mallard, to a “railroad disaster” (Chopin 1).
The “Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, is a short story that centers around Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard’s character changes from learning that her husband is dead to finding out that he is actually alive. In the beginning Mrs. Mallard is described as a faint-hearted wife so the news of her husband’s death had to be given gently. Mrs. Mallard did not experience the news with a “paralyzed inability to accept its significance,” rather she sobs dramatically. Her reaction displays her sensitive character.
The author contorted the story with a huge plot twist. The main character in the story is a heart troubled soul by the name of Louise Mallard, a woman married to a man by the name of Brently Mallard. Right off the bat, Chopin introduces the most vital piece of information into the story. The very first sentence states, “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with