She promised to never again “belong to another than herself” (Chopin), and this is exactly what her suicide represented. Her suicide symbolised her complete authority she had over herself. Every decision she made once she was awakened was rash and defiant. Living peacefully independently would not seem fitting. Thus Chopin was able to portray a message that not only defended a woman’s right to individualism, but was able to explore the reality of mortality and the power human’s possess over natural
Kate Chopin wrote “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air.” The new spring life is a metaphor for Mrs. Mallard’ new life. Kate Chopin wanted to say Mrs. Mallard would live for herself during those coming years and achieve her own rights which she never had during her marriage by using metaphors and describing the natural environment. This also indicated Kate Chopin advocates women’s rights. Another indication of feminism is that the author developed Mrs. Mallard’s true identity.
Family and friends are an important part of life. In the case of Mrs. Mallard she saw her husband as more of someone that holds power over her In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, the story Mrs. Mallard has to deal with her husband allegedly dying, just to figure out at the end of the story that nothing happened to him and he is still alive. The use of Irony is really what makes this story great. Irony enhances the total effect of Kate Chopin 's "The Story of an Hour" by characterizing the protagonist, supporting the exposition and timeline, and building tension leading to the twist ending. Throughout the story readers can see Mrs. Mallard being characterized through the ironic events.
Chopin reflects herself in her protagonist as she is an independent woman seeking for freedom. Indeed, the supposed death of Louise’s husband engenders an ephemeral and unconfessed feeling of freedom; also, hints from the author related to this feeling are found in the text, either symbols or motifs; finally, Chopin highlights this sentiment through different writing style. The supposed death of Louise’s husband engenders an ephemeral and unconfessed feeling of freedom. Firstly, beyond Louise’s sadness lies a strong hope of revival. This hope will last during one hour, until she learns her husband is alive.
Although it is a short story, it has lot of elements making it a successful story. Chopin’s story has many prevalent themes that are showcased. The idea of forbidden happiness was one major theme present. When Brently Mallard dies, Mrs. Mallard comes to the realization that she is now an independent woman. Although she has to keep this joy private, she tries her best to hide this contentment, Her resistance to her true feelings show how forbidden her emotions are and that society would never accept Louise’s true emotions.
The ending of the book sparked a lot of controversy over the way that Chopin decided to Edna Pontellier to make Edna commit suicide. The book ends with the suicide of Mrs. Pontellier, but we can connect the death of the main character to Chopin herself who became a widow after her husband died leaving her with five children. It was after the death of her husband that Chopin began to write about the life of a married woman. Mrs. Pontellier’s death was a way of freedom from the shackles of being a mom and having to hide her love with Robert because she was married to her husband. In the story Chopin prepares the death of Edna through the use of symbolism by making her go naked into the water to portray Edna’s revival stating, “How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky!
The exact belief Chopin tries to convey in “The Story of an Hour”, as Mrs. Mallard keep saying “Free, free, free”, “Free! Body and soul free”, when she realizes her husband is dead (Chopin 1). Chopin seeks to introduce her beliefs in the stories she produces and she condemns the repressive role that marriage has upon women’s psychology by showing that her character finds an immense freedom only when her husband passed
“The Story of an Hour” is a story that was set in the late 19th century written by Kate Chopin. She uses irony to present an unheard view of marriage. The story is initially written to have you think that poor Louise, having heart trouble, learns of the devastating news that her husband has been tragically killed. Thinking that Louise is heartbroken by the death of her husband, you suddenly see that she strangely cries “free! Body and soul free!” (525) You are intrigued to know why Louise would be joyful seeing that her husband has died.
“The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In this brief story, Chopin exhibits an unparalleled shape of marriage that is not always noticed by others and also incorporates an insane twist that involves massive disappointment for the main character. The characters assumptions lead to desires she never knew she had, resulting in the ultimate betrayal of herself. When the main character, Mrs. Louise Mallard, discovers the passing of her husband, Brently, she is astonishingly filled with ease and reflects on her new independent life. Eventually, Mrs. Mallard encounters an overwhelming mishap that portrays striking irony at the end of the story.
In order to be able to fully understand Chopin’s message, readers must envision the tradition of the Victorian society in which Kate lived. This was a society that clearly defined the gender role. Looking at Louse Mallard, one of the characters in the book, the author uses a woman who suddenly discovered a new life after the death of her husband. Ironically, Kate depicts Louise’s independence as a doomed fantasy because such freedom was actually unrealistic for the 19th Century woman. In this book, Chopin clearly outlines the importance of a woman’s identity other than her main role as a man’s wife