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.
I. What Cost Freedom II. Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour, is a coming of age story as well. It tells the story of a repressed woman, who for a fleeting moment gets a glimpse of freedom, and all in entails. Louise Mallard is given the news of her husband’s sudden death.
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.
Believe it or not, dying of a broken heart is a reality. In “The Story of an Hour” the main character is Mrs. Mallard and in the beginning it is said that she has some kind of heart condition that is not described. But if she is exposed too much to stress or is startled then her heart could kill her. Later in the story, her friends and family try to break the news as gently as possible that her husband had been in a horrific accident and was killed. Mrs. Mallard takes the news and goes into her room to be alone.
In the end, her husband returns and the shock of losing her precious future vanishes, causing Mrs. Mallard to have a stroke, and ultimately dying. “The face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.” This moment in “The Story of an Hour,” is relatable to Kate Chopin's own life. Though Kate loved her husband dearly, she was restricted from a lot of the things she wanted to pursue.
Prior to arriving in Elysian Fields, Blanche has survived the death of her husband and her subsequent sexually promiscuous lifestyle. She goes to Stella hoping for a new beginning, but is instead confronted by all of her past mistakes. Blanche’s road to her nervous breakdown and the asylum was created by her inability to process the tragedies of her life without resorting to illusions. At the tender age of sixteen, Blanche fell in love with a young man named Allan Gray. She was drawn to his sensitive soul, which matched her own, but ignored signs that indicated he was not the man she wanted him to be.
“The Story of an Hour”: Imperfect Marriage Marriages are not always perfect. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” it talks about what Mrs. Mallard is going through in just one hour. Throughout the story, it tells the reader about how how she feels after the death of her wealthy husband .When she found out that Mr. Mallard died, she was actually happy instead of being sad. That is when situational irony is being used, when Mr. Mallard walks in the door and when Mrs. Mallard dies from a heart problem. She uses situational irony when Mr. Mallard walks in the door: “It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella” (Chopin, 1894).
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the open window that Mrs. Mallard sits in front of represents her newly found freedom upon learning that her husband is dead. When Mrs. Mallard is informed of her husband’s tragic passing, she flees to her room and sinks down into a chair by the open window. The open window with the breeze freely flowing in and out of the room is a symbol for how Mrs. Mallard feels she now has freedom. While Mrs. Mallard proclaims her freedom through the words, “Free! Body and soul free!
Kate Chopin is a feminist author who lived from 1850 to 1904, but she did not start her career until the death of her husband. Kate Chopin pieces of work focused on the females going against societal norms and taking charge of their own life. The Story of an Hour explores the thought process of a newly widowed wife as she begins to understand the full consequences of her husband's death, which means a new found freedom, but she has it taken away in the end. The Story of an Hour is a feminist response to the confines of marriage because it challenges the unequal power relations between husband and wife. I will be discussing the concepts of identity, free will, and material possession that appear in the Story of an Hour.
In “The Story of An Hour”, Mrs. Mallard wants to find freedom from her husband. When being told by her sister that her husband has died from a railroad accident she feels some sort of relief and comfort. She locks herself in her bedroom to think about her husband. She understands that know her husband is dead she is free. Louis sits in her chair by the window in her bedroom and whispers, “Free!