This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Life Without Freedom In Kate Chopin´S The Story Of An Hour

1141 words - 5 pages

Kate Chopin’s short story titled “The Story of an Hour” shows us in a number ways that life without freedom is no life at all. In the story, a nineteenth century women named Mrs. Mallard finds out about her husband’s death. She has heart disease so Josephine, Mrs. Mallard’s sister, tries to break the bad news to her as calmly as possible. After hearing the news, Mrs. Mallard’s unpredictable reaction shocks us the readers as well as the characters in the story. Instead of feeling the sorrow of her husband’s death, she feels the joy of freedom from him as well. Freedom is something that we as humans take for granted, and this story shows the importance of it through Mrs. Mallard’s eyes.
What is freedom? Is it being able to say what you want when you want? Is it the ability to worship any god and bear arms? In today’s time, that may be how we define freedom. In the late 1800’s, however, things were different. During this time, a woman’s job was to obey her husband, cook for her family, clean the house, and take care of her children. Women did not know what freedom was or how it felt because they had never experienced it before. This is the reason why Mrs. Mallard does not know how to feel when she finds out about her husband’s death. This point is further proven when Chopin writes “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her” (Chopin 443). This quotation eloquently depicts Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to her husband’s death that most of us would expect. She cries holding nothing back, and can not fully grasp what she has just been told. However, she quickly composes herself and walks into the bedroom, which shows she is starting to cope with it.
We, as humans, are blinded by the luxury of freedom and take advantage of it, while Mrs. Mallard still has not even grasped the concept of it. Once Mrs. Mallard is inside the bedroom, she locks the door and sits down in a chair. Chopin then describes to us how little by little Mrs. Mallard comes to terms with her husband’s death. “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul” (Chopin 443). This quote, again, depicts how Mrs. Mallard had little to no freedom. The open window in this sentence represents the new life she has in front of her that is refreshed and cleaned. All she needs to do is get rid of the weight that is holding her back, which, in this case, is the sorrow and sadness she is feeling over her husbands death. Once she realizes this, she gets up and looks out at her new life with excitement that is uncontrolled.
We see in Mrs. Mallard’s eyes the true meaning of what it is to be free, and that it should not be disregarded. It takes Mrs. Mallard very little time to realize what it feels like to be finally free. She had...

Find Another Essay On A life without Freedom in Kate Chopin´s The Story of an Hour

"Story Of An Hour" by Kate Chopin

783 words - 3 pages , though not in the way we're expecting. It's subtle because it's so obvious and the drama of her past life helps us forget the promise of her heart condition, but Chopin uses the promise as an excellent foreshadow of what happens at the end of the hour.Kate Chopin doesn't take up much space or too much of our time to tell this story. It is simply the story of the last hour of Louise Mallard's life. However, in the few lines she gives us about that hour, we are given a full picture of the woman's life up until that point. Though much has to be inferred, it is all there in the few words Chopin chooses to share with us.

Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1372 words - 6 pages In every story there were a variety of things that we read and don't completely understand. We may notice that there are a few things that happen and don't really have an explanation to them. There are objects,colors or characters that are introduced and its up to us to give them a meaning. In other word were a commonly introduced to symbolism without even questioning it. The author gives something a meaning or idea that connect with another

A Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin

1734 words - 7 pages Throughout time literature has been used to explain and to explore the very fiber of the human condition. Modern media has joined in on using its ability to reach a vast majority of people to show the Oppression of a second class citizen as shown in Kate Chopin’s “A Story of an Hour”. The modern media that can be seen expressing views related to the views expressed in Chopin’s short story is music. The song “Oppression” by Ben Haper shines the

"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin

937 words - 4 pages Kate Chopin was exceedingly brave to delve into the topic of marriage in her short story "The Story of an Hour." Kate Chopin took chances by presenting ideas of women's rights at a time when that type of thinking was taboo. Kate Chopin's boldness and bravery were pioneering steps towards the rights of women in this country.Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" deals realistically with the possibilities of life and a person's ability to think

The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

1852 words - 7 pages trouble that afflicts Louise is both a physical and symbolic malady that represents her ambivalence toward her marriage and unhappiness with her lack of freedom. The open window from which Louise gazes for much of the story represents the freedom and opportunities that await her after her husband has died. “In “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin focuses on a late nineteenth-century American woman’s dramatic hour of awakening into selfhood, which

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1211 words - 5 pages embarked on her writing career and from there her entire life was altered. In her own way she got her freedom back from her husband when he passed away as just as Mrs. Mallard believes she does. Her father died in a train accident and one could make and argument that the early heartbreak of this casualty inspired “The Story of an Hour” and possibly she even thought that her mother was also relieved in gaining her own freedom back. Chopin was a

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1090 words - 5 pages evident that her literary work was inspired from her everyday life. The characters portrayed by Kate Chopin in “The Story of an Hour” reflect the author. As similar to Mrs. Mallard herself, Chopin is a portrayal to most women from the past that had no freedom. Ultimately, Chopin’s audience is able to understand women’s oppression during the 19th century. Works Cited Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” McDougal Littell. Evanston, IL

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

1183 words - 5 pages author’s personal conflict that encouraged her to write such a story. Author Kate Chopin’s husband died in 1883, eleven years before she wrote The Story of an Hour. (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) This could play into the plot and conflict of the story. It is possible that Chopin was using this writing as an outlet for some of her own inner emotional conflict. The Wiggs 4 relation between the story and the author’s personal

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1450 words - 6 pages she had just gained. An epiphany is irrelevant if no change is made to reinforce the importance of the realization. Chopin shows us how Mrs. Mallard is affected by her epiphany, and the emotional and physical changes that occur as a result. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour", Mrs. Mallard experiences an epiphany as she realizes the flaws of the institution of marriage and that she can live her life for her own benefit. This is proven by

The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin

1539 words - 6 pages “The Story of an Hour” is a stark display of female rejection of the norms of society. This work, by Kate Chopin, begins with a woman going through the stages of grief for her husband’s death. For the wife, Louise Mallard, this was an awakening of a new life. This new life is cut short as the information that led her to believe this news turns our false. Kate Chopin reveals that even the desire for love is trumped by the need for freedom and

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - 1399 words

1399 words - 6 pages own gender. In fact, in Kate Chopin’s story of an hour, there are many feminist messages that occur in this story; the first being independence, oppressiveness in marriage, and supernatural forces could have been at work. Initially, Chopin could be expressing the death of death in correlation with freedom in life. The woman in the story named Mrs. Mallard doesn’t seem to have many freedoms in her marriage with her husband. Once he dies she is

Similar Essays

Mrs Mallard's Experience Of Freedom In The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

2043 words - 8 pages Mrs Mallard's Experience of Freedom in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin In "The Story of an Hour", Mrs Mallard, who has a heart attack is the main protagonist. Like any ordinary women, she is a normal housewife who depends on her husband. The news of her husband's death gives her freedom and sets her free from restraints, marriage and a lifetime of dependency. Kate Chopin uses several techniques to create the

Irony In The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

794 words - 3 pages In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, there are many moments when Chopin's craft of writing feeds the irony of the story. One perfect example, "assure himself of its truth by a second telegram" (772). This sentence subdued me into believing that Mrs. Mallard's husband was dead, when in fact, we learn that he never died. In addition, Mrs. Mallard is a woman with a strong sense of passion and detest. In the end, she dies by the nature of

Freedom For Women In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gillman And The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

1278 words - 5 pages wallpaper is somehow watching her, and eventually she believes she is a prisoner inside it. The narrator proves that her husband is oppressive when she reveals how afraid she is of him. She says, ?There comes John, and I must put this away?he hates to have me write a word? (Gillman 41). Likewise, in Kate Chopin?s ?The Story of an Hour? it is perceived that the main character Louise Mallard is oppressed by her husband as well. Though it

"Story Of An Hour" By Kate Chopin

833 words - 3 pages Response To "The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin's "The Story Of an Hour" appears to explore a woman who undergoes an unpredictable reaction to her husband's assumed death and reappearance, but actually Chopin offers this deception of a marriage that stifles the woman to the point that she celebrates the death of her husband. Chopin challenges her readers to examine their own views of marriage and relationships between men and women. Each reader's