Mrs. Mallard character analysis of “Story of an Hour”
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” describes the process of change in the central character’s way of thinking. Mrs. Mallard, the main character of the story has gone under the loss of her husband Mr. Mallard. As the story progresses, she embarks on a transformative journey during which she experiences different feelings about her husband’s purported death. Mrs. Mallard starts off as a timid wife, but through the death of her husband, grief turns into relief and freedom, and in this way we see that Mrs. Mallard evolves into a stronger and more independent person.
The beginning of the story focuses on Mrs. Mallard’s fragility. She is cast as a weak- hearted woman; “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the new of her husband’s death,” (Chopin 75). These words suggest that Mrs. Mallard is not a strong person, not in just health but in personality too. This idea is further continued “There would be no powerful will bending hers” (Chopin 76). In this quotation Mrs. Mallard is speaking of her husband, which indicates that he is the more dominate in the relationship, and she the submissive one.
Mr. Mallard is seen as oppressive in Mrs. Mallard’s life, so the news of his death do not sit with her as it should have. She was happy that her husband has died. This excerpt shows Mallard’s reaction, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment.” (Chopin 75). Here, Mrs. Mallard is not reacting in the same way as other women would in this situation. She knows the death of her husband is grave, but reacts seemingly different from the way others would react as she starts to think of her life without him. She seems perplexed over her own feelings, and her submissive state of her former life style is already starting to turn into something fiercer.
At first Mrs. Mallard was afraid of these thoughts.She long to choose between two mural choices, suggesting an internal conflict. Death should not normally bring joy. These thoughts were frightful to consider. As Mrs. Mallard sits by her window alone, she ponders what feelings are coming over her, “There was something...