Literary Analysis “The Story of an Hour” “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” (Chopin). During the late 1800’s women were obligated to give obedience to their husbands and basically be a housewife. In the “Story of an Hour” Louise Mallard was an intelligent women living in the 1800s with a very bad heart problem. So when the news struck about her husband’s death, Josephine, her sister had to inform her with great care about the tragic death. Instead of other women in her time who would be dreadful over the news was very understanding and decided to grieve in pain alone in her room where she felt a sense of freedom. Kate Chopin’s 1894 short story “The story of an Hour” displays a theme of freedom and the oppressiveness of marriage at the end of Victorian era with setting, symbols, and distinctive characters.
Written in 1894, “The Story of an Hour” is a story of a woman who, through the erroneously reported death of her husband, experienced true freedom. Both tragic and ironic, the story deals with the boundaries imposed on women by society in the nineteenth century. The author Kate Chopin, like
“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. Chopin’s story uses the feelings of a married woman in the late 1890’s and feminine identities, to help the reader better understand married life of a woman during that period in time. In the story, Louise Mallard is a young woman with a heart condition who recently is informed of her husband’s
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” grabs its readers from the start and creates an unexpected twist at the end of the short story. Louise Mallard is given the news that her husband has died in a terrible train accident. To her surprise, he arrives home and “did not even know there had been one” (Chopin, 607). Upon the death of Louise who once believes she was a widow only to find that her husband is still alive, the confusion begins. The death of Louise is questioned by many critics as a state of shock, depression, and sadness. However, Mark Cunningham’s criticism of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” states that her death was instead a discovery of freedom from the physical strains of her marriage with her husband and societal views
The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin's ideas of feminism were seen in this story through Louise Mallard's reaction after the death of her husband. I will prove that the repression Louise Mallard felt was so intense she would rather die than spend another day in servitude. Also I will cite an example of how the author's feelings of repression were seen through Louise Mallard.
In Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour,” Louise privately imagines the forbidden pleasure of independence. When Louise’s sister Josephine informs her of her husband Brently’s death, she reacts with violent grief. Once alone however, Louise realizes that she is now an independent woman and it excites her. As time passes, Louise begins to pray that this new independent lifestyle lasts forever. However, when Brently unexpectedly returns from a trip, this newfound freedom disappears and leads to Louise’s untimely death. A major theme in this short story is the idea of the forbidden joy of independence which Louise briefly experiences. Throughout several excerpts of this short story, the joy of independence possess Louise and gives
In Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin tackles complex issues involved in the interplay of female independence through brief effective characterization of the supposedly widowed Louise Mallard in her last hour. Chopin utilizes symbolism, motif, and irony to suit the equally mixed story line and underlying concept in this story.
Mrs. Louise Mallard, the main character from Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour,” is not the housewife that those around her assume. Although she loves her husband, she is shocked and overwhelmed by the sense of new-found freedom that accompanies her husband’s alleged death. Mrs. Mallard represents the patriarchal control over women of her time, as well as the postulation that a woman could not maintain her independence. Chopin uses Louise Mallard’s reactions to her husband’s supposed death, her subsequent untimely death, and the speculations of those around her to personify the dependent nature that was imposed on women of the turn-of-the-century.
In Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”, the main character, Louise Mallard, is burdened with the news of her husband's death. As the story continues, readers believe that her actions are done out of grief, but when the reading is analyzed closer it is easy to see that Mrs. Mallard was not grief-stricken at all; she was quite the opposite. By clearly basing “The Story of an Hour” in its cultural context, Kate Chopin reveals a society steeped in the oppression of women.
A controversial story during the 1890s, Kate Chopin, “A Story of an Hour,” provides an inside look of a woman who just found out her husband has died in a railroad incident. The story takes place in one hour, hints the title, from the time the protagonist, Louise Mallard, is informed her husband has died to the shocking ending. This short story is consider one the first pro-feminist stories and was consider controversial due to the fact that the protagonist feels liberated by the news of her husband’s death. Today I will be discussing how the author tells the story and how she brings light to a problem that is still a problem in today’s world. I will analyze Louise reaction, Louise revelation, and lastly the authors descriptions.
“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. Chopin’s story uses the feelings of a married woman in the late 1890’s and feminine identities, to help the reader better understand married life of a woman during that period in time. In the story, Louise Mallard is a young woman with a heart condition who recently is informed of her husband’s death. At first she is sad and then a wonderful feeling begins to come over her, it is happiness; freedom, although she does not feel that for long. “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead” (Chopin 2). “And yet she had loved him – sometimes. Often she had not” (Chopin 2). Kate Chopin uses nature imagery, irony and tragedy to set the theme; women’s role in a marriage and feminine identity. “Marriage was considered a sacred institution. Divorce was quite rare in the 1800s and if one was to occur; men were automatically given legal control of all property and children” (Hicks 1).
I continue to evaluate Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” as being mainly Victorian in its literary conventions, attitudes, and story. In effect, the story’s ideas progress past Victorianism (some say feminism/Chopin might beg to differ), with the subject of women’s independence from men and Louise’s abrupt recognition of it. Comparable to the mid-to-late 19th century suffragists of the time, Chopin addresses the idea of gender inequality, with her relatively non-traditional character, Louise. However, despite Chopin’s creation of an unconventional Victorian woman, the story still holds to many Victorian constraints of gender, as well as the readers of the era’s exceptions. Thus, Chopin doesn’t go “too” far in openly advocating a parting from
In the short story, “The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin addresses the sometimes sticky truths the correlate between love, marriage, and female independence with her multidimensional characterization of Louise Mallard in her final hour of life. After finding out that her husband was killed in a train wreck, Mrs. Mallard faces the clashing emotions of grief for her husband’s death and the exhilarating joy she sees for her future of freedom. The latter emotion eventually takes control of her, emotionally and physically. However the story takes a climactic turn. The news that her husband was not killed in the accident destroys Louise’s ideas about her new life of freedom and ironically leads to a devastating ending out of what appears to be a good turn of events. In the end, it is Mr. Mallard who is free of his wife, Louise, although we do not know if he endured the same clashing emotions.
The Story of an Hour: Freedom of Oppression Written by Kate Chopin in 1894, “The Story of an Hour” gives us a glimpse into the past where women were without many legal or fiscal rights. Men were the head of the household and took care of all “domestic affairs.” (128) In
Traditionally, women have been known as the less dominant sex. They have been stereotyped as being only housewives and bearers of the children. Many interesting characters in literature are conceived from the tension women have faced with men. This tension is derived from men; society, in general; and within a woman herself. Kate Chopin‘s short story, “The Story of an Hour”, focus on a woman’s dilemma near the turn of the 19th century. Contradicting the “normal” or sad assumption of death, “The Story of an Hour” illustrates the significance of death representing freedom. The Story narrates about an hour of Louise Mallard’s life, as she tries to understand, and deal with her feelings of her husbands death.