He had been far from the scene of the accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine’s piercing cry; at Richards’ quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife.” (Chopin 3). This story shows a lot of Dramatic Irony. The irony of life killed her, but it might have been worth it for her in just that short hour. The other characters in the story saw Mrs. Mallard’s death as she how she couldn’t control the joy she had when she saw that her husband was still alive.
“The Story of an Hour”, created by Kate Chopin, is a short story that shows the emotions of a new-found widow in a time where women’s rights aren’t as they are today. The story starts off by introducing Mrs. Mallard as only a woman with great heart trouble who needs to be taken care of as she is presented with the news of her, supposedly, dead husband. She later finds that the death of her husband transformed from heartache to freedom and becomes spontaneously overjoyed. According to the way it was written, two themes could be drawn from this short story. One main theme that could be drawn from the story was the “Role of women during marriage”.
CHAPLIN TO CHURCHILL INTRODUCTION There was a time when women used to face many problems while living in the society. However, this trend has been changed but women have to follow various tactics in order to maintain harmony in the society and to stay at par with men. It took a lot for them to resolve the struggles of equal rights and to implement the same in real world without giving rise to any controversy. A few years ago women were never seen in influential roles due to many discriminatory factors but now the whole era has been changed and many women can be seen performing really well even better than men. This only has become possible due to the hardships faced by women in old times and how they fought for their rights
While reading “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin. It’s a story that tells me about a lady name Mrs. Mallard who have heart trouble and gets bad news from her sister about Mrs. Mallard’s husband has been in a car accident. Her husband’s friend Richards look disturbance at a newspaper because it’s so sad and hard to believe it’s true about her husband death. Mrs. Mallard breaks down and cry into her sister arms, suddenly she gets up and enter a room alone. From “this state of mind” Mrs. Mallard heart is beating rapidly and she needs to sit down somewhere quiet by herself.
In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" we go through an hour of Mrs. Mallard's life as she learns of her husband's death and embraces the freedom this brings forth. This new-found freedom is short lived as the sight of her allegedly dead husband walks through the front door, Mrs. Mallard succumbs to her death immediately. This story, although it is short, it is deeply symbolic, filled with irony that is used to achieve major themes of freedom and societal views. Mrs. Mallard's heart condition is used as a symbol of the way society views women. Women tend to be viewed as delicate, emotionally and physically.
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.
Women are changing the world as we speak. The feminist movement has changed everything we know as America, maybe even the world. Women have been fighting for their rights for a long time before the feminist movement was thought about. Way back in 1848 women were fighting for their rights. It wasn 't until the 1960’s that this nation’s women, American women, were sick and tired of being objects and decided to stand up and fight back.
Chopin’s View Towards Marriage Kate Chopin wrote “The Story of An Hour” to portray how it felt to be a married woman during the late nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century women did not have as many rights or as much freedom as we do know, they were more likely to marry someone than to stay single. Although, Chopin projects through the main character in the story, why being a married woman is like being an imprisoned woman. Through the story, Chopin reveals her feelings and thoughts of not being married. The story begins with Mrs. Mallard or the main character receiving the bad news from her sister that her husband just died because of a railroad disaster.
The push for equal right by feminists materialized in two accords: legally and socially. Legally, feminists pushed for equal legal status for both men and women. Social women liberation was a sexual revolution where women challenged the idea that while men could go around participating in sexual activities, they were to remain chaste. Today, it is the former that is popular, with women activist groups fighting for more opportunities for women. Women right activist groups today, however, are very politically alienated as compared to the 1960s.
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. When Richard’s heard the news of her husband’s death, he assumed Mrs. Mallard would be devastated. While everyone knew Mrs. Mallard was “afflicted with heart trouble” (57), him and her sister, Josephine, wanted to give her the news with “great care” (57).
The tone switches from mournful to joyful and back to mournful. In the beginning Mrs. Mallard finds out about her husband’s death, weeps over it, and isolates to her room to mourn. In her room she realizes she is finally a free woman and gets this overbearing feeling of joy. At the end of the story she realizes the story was false and her husband is alive. She ends up dying of “joy that kills”, and leaves her husband