Analyzing Kate Chopin’s: The Story Of An Hour

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The mysteries of love, hate, and compassion are all part of marriage. The mysteries of the heart are felt in the short story, The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (Clugston, 2010, sec 2.1). This story pulls you in with the suspense of Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition and the idea of her husband’s death. When you first begin to read this story you get a feeling of compassion for Mrs. Mallard having a heart condition. As the reader you receive sadness within you to know the revealing of her husband’s death may harm her in some way, only to find out that love isn’t that simple and maybe it was the news of her husband being alive that killed her.
In this story the narrator focuses on how Mrs. Mallard copes with the death of her husband. The plot defines to the reader what happens in a story by how she reacts to the news of her husband just being killed in a train accident. Looking deeper into this story the theme shows you her underlying feelings demonstration of the impression behind the story by showing almost relief and freedom, through the utilization of different symbols and tones. On the surface you see details such as the phrase “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same” (Clugston, 2010, sec 2.1). This phrase sets a tone of sadness and question of why she took the news so differently than many other women.
When first reading this short story the character of an older woman comes to mind only to find later in an important passage “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength (Clugston, 2010, sec 2.1). This passage finally gives the reader a detailing idea of the woman in this story and defines her as a younger woman rather than an older one. This may lead the reader to believe that in the passage in the first paragraph “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble” (Clugston, 2010, sec 2.1), her heart trouble was possibly a common problem and not one which stems from older age.
The use of symbolism which the narrator uses is creative. In order to grasp the true meaning of this story you really need to open the imagination as well as have an idea of how many marriages function out of the eyes of most people.
In the phrase “There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing her window” (Clugston, 2010, sec 2.1), this may be symbolic of how Mrs. Mallard’s life was. The patches of blue sky could be the turmoil she felt in her marriage and the turmoil’s (clouds) just kept building up in her life creating conflict about her true feeling for her husband.
Conflict in Mrs. Mallard’s emotions set the stage for the theme of a woman broken from the news of her husband’s death however Mrs. Mallard is also feeling emancipation. A new beginning in life has commenced. “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it...

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