Analysis of “the Story of an Hour” Written by Kate Chopin

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Analysis of “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin
The story under analysis is written by Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels. She wrote for both children and adults. She is considered as a forerunner of feminist author. Unlike many of the feminist writers of her time who were mainly interested in improving the social conditions of women, she looked for an understanding of personal freedom. She put much concentration on women’s lives and their continual struggles to create an identity of their own personality. Her stories were not accepted by the public of that period. Through her stories Kate wrote her own autobiography and documented her surroundings. She is the author of such works as “The
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Here we see that Mrs. Mallard learns about her husband’s death. In order to show Mrs. Mallard’s friend and sister care in presenting the news (they know of her disease), the author uses hyperbole “great care”; metaphors “to break to her”, “in broken sentences”; metaphorical epithet “veiled hints”; repetition “less careful, less tender friend”. Kate wants to show the unusual way in which Louise accepts the news. It is describes with the help of metaphorical epithets “paralyzed inability”, “sudden, wild abandonment”; hyperbole “the storm of grief”. The author uses comparison “she did not hear the story as many women have heard the same”.
The possible title of the 2nd part is “Free! Body and soul free!”. The key sentence is “She said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free!”. In this part author shows us the controversial feelings, which is the heroine experiencing. At first she cries, but then the understanding of freedom comes to her, she becomes a personality. At the beginning of the 2nd part the author tries to show her depression at first moments of receiving this news. She enhances the desired effect with the help of inversion “there stood armchair”, “into this she sank”; metaphor “pressed down by physical exhaustion that haunted her body”.
But then the scenery changes. It becomes lighter, more positive. When the