'Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin - Character

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A dynamic character is a major character in a work of fiction that encounters conflict and is changed by it. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the emotional pattern and thought process of Louise Mallard after she is informed of her husband’s death are explored. Over the course of the hour in which the story takes place Louise has a realization about the constraints she feels in her life and in her marriage. By delineating Louise as a flat and dynamic character, Chopin is able to convey her theme that real freedom is found in death. Over the course of the story, all the characters are left as fairly flat and undeveloped. Louise is simply described as a young woman with “a fair, clam face whose lines bespoke repression and even a…show more content…
With the “breath of rain in the air” and the tree tops bursting with life (paragraph four), Louise begins her journey to her conclusion. Even though the visualization of nature, Louise is competent enough to grasp that her love for Brently could not compare to the “possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being” (paragraph fifteen). Soon enough she had nearly forgotten her departed lover and was “drinking in an elixir of life through that open window” (paragraph eighteen). After the inhalation of submission, Louise “carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory” (paragraph twenty) down the stairs. In doing so, the once emotionally unstable and physically ailed woman with “white slender hands” (paragraph ten) was able to prepare for a life without discretion or restrictions. The development of Louise only seized due to her preexisting medical condition claiming her life. However this motivation is what caused Louise to act in the ways she did and refined the theme. The development of character in “The Story of an Hour” is left stagnant. Having a flat main character allows the reader to identify with the story on a level of understanding separate from that of any round character. Although the reader is inserted into Louise’s mind, an entirely understood background for her is missing. In doing so a void is made in which the reader can
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