Essay about Symbolism in “The Story of an Hour”

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The symbols and imagery used by Kate Chopin's in “The Story of an Hour” give the reader a sense of Mrs. Mallard’s new life appearing before her through her view of an “open window” (para. 4). Louise Mallard experiences what most individuals long for throughout their lives; freedom and happiness. By spending an hour in a “comfortable, roomy armchair” (para.4) in front of an open window, she undergoes a transformation that makes her understand the importance of her freedom. The author's use of Spring time imagery also creates a sense of renewal that captures the author's idea that Mrs. Mallard was set free after the news of her husband's death.
Right from the moment Louise Mallard hears of her husband's death, Kate Chopin dives into a her
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Immediately after the news of her husband's death, Mrs. Mallard races upstairs into her room where she settles into “a comfortable, roomy armchair” (para.4). The armchair symbolizes the rest from the oppressive life she had and freedom from society's expectations. Since it was tradition for women to be married by a certain age, Louise Mallard must have obligated to marry Brently. Sitting in the armchair, she gazes out of the window and starts indulges in deep thought, which establishes her as an intelligent individual.
The open window from which Louise gazes is symbolic for her freedom and the good fortune that she is now presented with. Her attention to the blue sky, fluffy clouds, tree tops and the delicious breath of rain denote her newly found inner well-being. The writer's use of language is well-chosen as it explicitly portrays Mrs. Mallard's true feelings. By capturing all the senses, the imagery created represents Louise's new life and establishes her as a round character. The open window provides a clear and bright view into the distance of Louise’s own bright future, which was obstructed by the demands of her husband.
As Mrs. Mallard left the room, "there was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory (para.19). “The goddess of victory” (para.19) embodies Louise's triumph over repression, over the “powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence...right to impose a private

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