The story begins with Mrs. Mallard getting the news that her husband had died in a terrible train accident. At first Mrs. Mallard was racked with grief for the loss of her husband. As the story progresses, Mrs. Mallard says, “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know.”
Mrs. Mallard’s actions cause the readers to contemplate a hidden meaning woven into the story line. Mr. Mallard is assumed to die in a railroad accident, leaving Mrs. Mallard devastated. Instead of feeling sadness or grief, Mrs. Mallard actually feels free. "There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature" (Page 499).
Hour of Freedom “The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It details a wife named Mrs. Louise Mallard, who struggles with a heart condition. After learning of her husband, Brentley Mallard’s death in a railroad accident, Mrs. Mallard deals with grief in many stages. Chopin incorporates many literary devices throughout “The Story of an Hour,” but imagery is the most evident.
shows that although Mrs. Mallard was married, she had not always loved her husband (8). Mrs. Mallard valued her new freedom over her relationship she had with her husband enough to exclaim “What did it matter!” while she was thinking about her deceased husband and her future life (8). This makes the reader assume that Mrs. Mallard felt as if she was bound to something while her husband was still alive. The bondage is broken since her husband’s “death”, and she can now rejoice over her prolonged freedom.
She even lied about attending college to avoid conflict with Amanda, “Mother, when you’re disappointed you get that awful suffering look on your face… I couldn 't face it:” (Sc. 2 pg.14) Despite all her efforts Amanda still has conflicts with both Laura and Tom. During the large fight Tom and Amanda are having in Scene 3, it is written in the stage directions that In front of them stands Laura with clenched hands and panicky expression the conflict between these two clearly causes her great distress. During this fight one of her glass figures shattered which represented the literal shattering of her dream to live without conflict. Although she was able to later coax Tom into apologizing,
Examples include Mr Cutter buying life insurance less than 24 hours before he dies, and Nancy writing down the day’s events in her diary. I found that especially heartbreaking, because it shows us how fragile life really is, From Nancy’s point of view, she just notes down the boring uneventful happenings of the day, but after she has been tragically murdered, the readers know the value of those small, uneventful happenings. In a way, Nancy’s diary is a metaphor for the hopes and aspirations of the family they never will never get to fulfil. Nancy writes down her feelings and hopes for a later day, but that day never
Even though Cassia loses someone whom she loves, she shows seldom signs of sorrow or grief when dealing with his death. This is evident when Cassia thinks to herself, “Today is for Grandfather. Tomorrow, things go back to normal again and we will move on and he will be gone.” (70).The comfortability that Cassia exhibits in accepting her grandfather’s death and lack of emotion that she shows makes it difficult for the reader to empathize with a character who does not feel much. On the other hand, Titus from Feed shows a clear struggle when grieving a death in his life.
The story of an Hour Critical Analysis through a Psychological Perspective using both Freud and Lacan’s theory approach. In the beginning of the story, the Chopin informs the audience of Mrs. Mallard serious heart condition. Her friends and family were worried how to break the news to her of her husband’s death. After giving it much thought Mrs. Mallard was given the news as gently as possible of her husband’s death.
Therefore, Kate Chopin focuses on the relationship between Calixta, the noble housewife, and Alcee, her old lover, by reuniting without anyone knowing, Calixta’s son and husband coming home to a happy wife and mother, and both of them not getting caught by cheating on their spouses. When Calixta and Alcee reunited together, they had did not have any care in the world, and it was risky that they could have been caught in the act. It is ironic when the thunder storm started right when Alcee showed up; however, the storm became stronger and that made him come inside Calixta’s house, and the woman sexuality was shown to be constraint as represented by the house chores Calixta performs. Chopin confirms the relationship between Calixta and Alcee’s unlawful experience together, but is not unaware of the dangers to which it may lead. Not only did Calixta commit adultery, but after it happened, her husband and son came home
After facing directly with the sorrow, he writes in the letter, “She’s dead and that’s it” (Coupland, 35). Jason’s grief is eased. While Jason’s process of managing grief is built on facing with it and self-reflection, Julie deals with hers by helping accomplish her beloved’s goal. Julie experiences grief after her husband’s death. Her life is meaningless because there are no goals for her to fight for: nothing really matters after the tragedy.
Chopin uses numerous tone changes throughout her passage, "The Story of an Hour." Chopin warily chose her diction in order to further enhance the tone shifts. From drastic shifts such as exhaustion to new life, to more subtle shifts such as strength to elusive, Chopin's tone shifts illustrate the stages of grief.