The death of a love one usually fills people with grief, ironically for Mrs. Mallard, the emotion she felt about her husband’s demise is quite the opposite. In the story The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, Louise. Mallard, a newly widowed housewife has been informed that a railroad accident have killed her husband, Mr. Mallard. The unexpected news left her in shock and heartbroken. At first her initial reaction was sadness, just like a normal person would feel in this dire situation.
In the short story, Mrs. Mallard suddenly finds herself a widow and grief quickly erupts within her. Later in the story a mysterious sensation fills and enlightens her, she soon realizes that the feeling that overtook her was freedom. That all stops when she comes to see Mr. Mallard is alive and well, and Mrs. Mallard dies. Mrs. Mallard’s emotions of impotence, jubilation, and dread convey the message that women of 19th-century marriages were mistreated. Louise Mallard would devote her time to Brentley Mallard’s needs.
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. It is this total lack of remorse for the loss of life that makes it so ironic that her husband will be the one mourning her death at the funeral
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.
To her, this was a major confusion and as the story uncovers, it was most likely the primary explanation behind her suffering in marriage. She most certainly disliked the way her husband treated her. Marriage resembled subjugation to her and when she gets the news that her husband was dead, she is upbeat that she is finally free. Mrs. Mallard can be said to speak to many marriages in society where many individuals are not enjoying the marriage but rather for differed reasons, they would prefer not to escape the marriage. The whole story is established on how Mrs. Mallard
Being known as Mrs. Mallard is accustomed to Louise, but the desire for that seems to be missing. After hearing of her husband’s death, she feels a “possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being” (14). She believes that freedom can finally stand as her first name. Bondage and oppression are lifted from her shoulders, or so she thinks. Louise thinks she is free from the binding of her marriage, but the whole time her life remains constant, despite her unawareness.
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates the personal growth of the dynamic protagonist Louise Mallard, after hearing news of her husband’s death. The third-person narrator telling the story uses deep insight into Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and emotions as she sorts through her feelings after her sister informs her of her husband’s death. During a Character analysis of Louise Mallard, a reader will understand that the delicate Mrs. Mallard transforms her grief into excitement over her newly discovered freedom that leads to her death. As Mrs. Mallard sorts through her grief she realizes the importance of this freedom and the strength that she will be able to do it alone. The story begins in medias res which forces a reader to hang
Today, most people would assume that the reaction to a loved one’s death would be immediate grief; however, that would not be the case in the late 1800s. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour” women were expected to grieve differently than men. The story conveys the main character Mrs. Mallard’s distress and joy after she discovered the supposed death of her husband. The story does not demonstrate Mrs. Mallard following the stages of grief that would be expected when grieving over her husband. In spite of the fact that Mrs. Mallard was grieving she was likewise encountering joy and satisfaction since she then realizes that she is currently free.
Mallard retreats to her room, and closes the door. Perhaps, Kate Chopin felt the need to specify that Mrs. Mallard closed the door, because the door itself represents more of an emotional barrier, rather than just a physical door. Later in the story as Josephine is begging Mrs. Mallard to let her in the door, perhaps, she is really requesting that Mrs. Mallard open herself, and allow Josephine to help her sort through her emotions. Correspondingly, Chopin describes an “open window” (pp 236) within Mrs. Mallards’ bedroom. The use of the word “open” symbolizes that new opportunities that are now possible for Mrs. Mallard.
It was a time when woman started to fight for more rights, the right to elect and be elected, independence from the men, and more. It was unusual for women to pick up work before, due to the patriarchal structures, but woman started to pick up jobs as secretaries, nurses, and other jobs, now known as “typical woman jobs”, so it was a time of change, indeed. At this time Chopin created her story and it is often named one of the first feminist writings in the history of literature. (American Literature) In the story Mrs. Ballard seems to be trapped inside the role of a good wife, “And yet she had loved him –sometimes.”. (Chopin) There is criticism against the construct of marriage, in this case Mrs. Ballard feels oppressed and the death of her husband frees her, but it is never stated that she was abused or mistreated in a specific way.