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

Kate Chopin Master Of Emotive Prose

1437 words - 6 pages

Kate Chopin is a master of descriptive prose as the language she uses evokes strong emotion in the reader in “The Story of an Hour.” Chopin’s expressive diction leaves the reader feeling bittersweet – joyful for Louise’s future and pity for the restriction she felt in her marriage. This feeling is best described at the moment when Louise has succumbed to the idea of a new, free life: “Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.” (Kate Chopin 307). Chopin’s powerful, emotive prose pulls the reader into the world of Louise’s complex emotions and ultimately enables the reader to identify with her perception that marriage is repressive and confining, which is contradictory to the social norms of the late 19th century.
Before reaching this moment, the reader can discern that Louise is struggling between the thoughts of how she “should” be reacting to the news of her husband’s death against the feeling of elation of being free from her perceived marital constraint. Louise is living in the late 19th century where society believed women belonged in a domestic realm where they “manned” the house (cooking, cleaning, raising the children) binding them to their home and husband. A time when a woman is to be the social moral compass and live by a strict social code of conduct. Even in the description of Louise it is clear she upholds these values: “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength” (Chopin 306). It is also when the reader gets the first glimpse of Louise’s repressed life.
Upon hearing the news, Louise “wept at once with wild abandonment” (Chopin 306), which is unlike the reaction of most women who lapse into a paralyzed state of denial and question. Instead, Louise weeps and takes a moment alone, in her room, where she reluctantly begins to realize the significance of her husband’s death. As Louise regains herself staring out the window, Chopin uses poetic prose to describe the scene outside:
She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song with some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves (Chopin 306),
this nod to nature symbolizes Louise’s emotions: “as nature returns to life after winter, so Louise’s emotions return to life after a prolonged winter of patriarchal confinement. Furthermore, just as nature awakens instinctively, so do Louise’s repressed emotions” (Jamil S. Selina 218). Louise’s emotions are erupting, readying her to take on a new life.
Louise wrestles with the impending feelings that are overwhelming her...

Find Another Essay On Kate Chopin- Master of Emotive Prose

Kate Chopin And Going Against Norms Of Society

2779 words - 11 pages saw. ?Her stories appeared in the major magazines of the -7 day-Century, Atlantic, Vogue? to name a few. Kate wrote about ?love and passion, marriage and independence, freedom and restraint? which were continuing themes that showed up in her stories (Howard, 2). Chopin paid close attention to detail in her prose, using authentic, solid folk inspiration in her stories. After the painful deaths of her mother and husband, she needed to find herself

Bayou Folk, A Collection of Louisiana Stories by Kate Chopin

1556 words - 6 pages No Longer Silent Kate Chopin was a female writer whose sense of self was deeply rooted in the south. Chopin would create worlds for her characters to live in; her inspiration for these worlds was her own experiences in her life which she gained from living in the south during the second half of the nineteenth century. Chopin’s roots and the time in which she lived had historical significance and great impact on her style of writing and themes

Kate Chopin: Her Life and Its Influences of The Awakening

1242 words - 5 pages Kate Chopin, born February 8, 1850, used her life’s experiences to express strong opinions to her 1900s American audience. Although her work was criticized for its honesty and audaciousness, by the late 1900s Chopin’s work was considered as brilliant literature that accurately described women of the late 1800s. The Awakening was Chopin’s most famous work, however it nearly ended her writing career due to the violent backlash she received for

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1211 words - 5 pages tragic tale of loss, the loss of a loved one and the loss of freedom which is a key point in this story. Kate Chopin weaves an intricate tale and uses a view point that most people do not when their husband is perceived dead. The thoughts of the freedom that our main character Mrs. Mallard feels as she learns the tragic news is definitely not the emotion that would be expected but for her it truly is release. The story and Kate Chopin’s views on

The Life and Literary Work of Kate Chopin

736 words - 3 pages The Life and Literary Work of Kate Chopin Courageous . . . daring . . . innovative . . . all aptly describe Kate Chopin, American short story writer, novelist, poet, and essayist. Timeless classics, Kate Chopin’s works of the late nineteenth century remain rare jewels and priceless gifts to the literary world today. Born Katherine O’Flaherty on February 8, 1851, in St. Louis, Chopin was the daughter of a prominent Irish merchant and

"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 “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is very intriguing, not only because of the emotional change Louise Mallard goes through the hour after her husband’s tragic death but also the way Chopin uses irony in the story. During this analysis of “The Story of an Hour” we will discuss the summary, plot, setting, tone, theme, point of view, emotions of Louise Mallard and other characters involved in the story

Story of Nature Desire: The Storm by Kate Chopin

1611 words - 7 pages cause itself ” (“A Guide for Naturalism”). Humans are like “animals” they contain the same drives that animals have. They are just plain “natural”. Many authors express naturalism in their writings such as Kate Chopin. She expresses a naturalistic view on sexual drives which classify her as a naturalistic writer. Naturalism in writing can be caused by many aspects. The determination factors of naturalism are, but not limit to: physical forces

Kate Chopin: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

1983 words - 8 pages Kate Chopin a Woman Ahead of Time In the 1800's married women had to submit to their husbands. Woman who got married had no voice with law. This meant their husbands would have to take legal action for them. Wives did not have any rights to their own property, and they would not have right to wages they earn. But these started to change through feminist women who raised their voice against men. Even though the feminist movement started in

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1450 words - 6 pages Kate Chopin provides her reader with an enormous amount of information in just a few short pages through her short story, “The Story of an Hour.” The protagonist, Louise Mallard, realizes the many faults in romantic relationships and marriages in her epiphany. “Great care [is] taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin 168). Little do Josephine and Richards know, the news will have a profoundly positive

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1090 words - 5 pages During the 19th century, it was traditional and common sense that women were subordinate to men in terms of status and opportunities. Women had no rights and men dominated their lives and everything in it. However, Kate Chopin, a woman herself, writes a story about an ill woman who yearns to be free from her husband’s grasp. Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour”, written in 1894, can best be understood by considering the cultural and

Similar Essays

A Little Piece Of Kate Chopin

1025 words - 5 pages Many authors find inspiration through their past experiences, whether it is subconscious or not they incorporate a little part of their life into their stories. Katherine O’Flaherty, later Kate Chopin, grew up very differently from many girls in the eighteen hundreds. Her unusual childhood had her surrounded by three independent and educated women, which is how she grew up with such strong feminist views. Throughout her schooling and homelife

Analysis Of Desiree’s Baby By Kate Chopin

1557 words - 6 pages John Moore Professor Gary Walker American Literature II March 6th, 2014 Desiree’s Baby and Southern Social Structure The short story Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin provides a sobering depiction of how the dark forces of prejudice and social hierarchy tore apart a plantation owning family in the state of Louisiana. Desiree’s character is that of a lady who carries the burden of being submissive to a domineering husband, a role she keeps until the

Analysis Of Desiree Baby By Kate Chopin

677 words - 3 pages “Desiree Baby” by Kate Chopin is a very thought provoking short story that deals with racism, prejudice, and love. The story takes place in southern Louisiana, where Armand, a prominent landowner, marries a girl of unknown origin named Desiree. The story has a twist when their baby is born and is discovered to be of mixed race. Armand knew all along that he was OF mixed race, and I will prove it by analyzing characterization, diction, and

"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