Literary analysis essay
What ultimately killed mrs.Mallard joy or heartbreak? That is the question that everyone has asked after reading this short story. Many people have argued this question many believe that joy killed her because she became free at the end, while many other believed that she died of heartbreak because of her husband coming back and her freedom and independence was ripped away from her. I believe that mrs.Mallard had died from joy, because her husband died, and also because she had gained her freedom at the end of the story.
In "The Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin Mrs. Mallard seemed like she would be old an woman and it was said in the first line, “mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble.”(Line 1-2) It was surprising that later on in the story Chopin says that She was young, but what’s even weirder is that she is described as having “a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression”(p 8) which makes her sound as being old for her age. The description of this example is backed up when Chopin gives some of the reasons for Mrs. Mallard’s “monstrous joy” which says “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.”( 14) This means that
her joy as a woman is that she is independent and back then they believed that women cannot be anything without a man.
It seems as if Chopin is showing the reader a social situation back then that the woman was held as the prisoner of her husband. When Chopin was writing this short story back then marriage was not done for the mutual love for each other and that what it this seemed to be the situation she had in the story. Marriage back then was more about financial and economic status, social status and acceptance by the others rather than being about love for one another. It seems from the description that Mrs. Mallard has been trapped in this marriage for a long time even though we know she is young. That is way she seemed very unhappy in it.
I don’t think Louise was really happy her husband died. At the beginning of the story after she found out of her husband’s death it said, “She wept at once with sudden, and 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 3)That does not say or show joy. I think she went into her room because she did not know what to feel or how to make sense of all of that. While she was in there crying and being said she started to realize couple of things. One huge thing that she realized was that life was moving on despite her husband’s death. When I say that, I’m mean when the narrator started to mention the “the new spring life, the delicious breath of rain, the...