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Analyzing Symbolism In Story Of An Hour

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"She knew that she would when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death, the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely"(Chopin 15). When a couple gets married the vows state until death do they part, but Mr. and Mrs. Mallard took those vows literally. Mrs. Mallard and her husband's marriage seemed to have more problems than others. In Kate Chopin's essay "Story of an Hour", the author introduces several symbolic references to nature to illustrate Mrs. Mallard's mixed emotions in regards to her husband's unexpected death.

On the other hand, Richards's life seemed vastly different from that of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. Richard's is living a wonderful life without the things Mrs. Mallard is going through. Richard's has a good life because he can do anything that he wants without someone telling him what to do. He is free from the pressure and struggles that couples go through during life. Richards is a strong man physically and emotionally. During this time period the man brings home all the money to support his wife and children. The wife was not allowed to work during this time unless she had special permission to do so. In Mrs. and Mr. Mallards case it seems like Mrs. Mallard was doing all the work. It seemed like Mrs. Mallard always had a job making sure that Mr. Mallard had whatever he wanted and that's why she probably just gave up on him. Mrs. Mallard wears the pants in this household. She was always their just as Richards was. Mrs. Mallard doesn't need a man their in her life if she can take care of her self like she already is. If Mr. Mallard was more of a man I am sure their marriage would be perfect. She loved him, but he did not do the things a man was supposed to do.

After Mrs. Mallard received the news about her husband she went to her room and "there stood facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy arm chair. Into this she sank, pressed down by physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul" (Chopin 15). The roomy arm chair represents a sense of comfort now that her husband is dead. Mrs. Mallard is in the roomy arm chair thinking of her future even though she is shocked about the death of her...

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