“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, is a short story of overwhelming events that all lead up to Louise Mallard’s death. Louise Mallard, who has heart problems, is told by her sister Josephine and her husband’s friend Richard that her husband has died in a railroad accident only to soon find out that her husband is alive and did not have any involvement in the accident. Josephine and Richard both know of Louise’s heart trouble so, “great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible” the news of Mr. Mallard’s death (1). Louise spent no time being in denial with the news; she immediately sobbed into her sister’s arms. Shortly after, Louise leaves her sister and Richard to be alone with her feelings in her room.
Here is when the rising action of the story starts to create itself by a chain of imagery events. Louise arrives to her room and faces an open window and sinks into a comfortable armchair. She observes the “new spring life” and smells the “delicious breath of rain” (1). The narrator uses imagery to symbolize Louise’s new-found peace, freedom, and happiness. It is after when the narrator presents the steps leading up to the climax – Louise finally hits realization.
She feels this emotion “approaching to possess her”, she recognizes that now “there would be no one to live for”, and decides that she was finally free (2). Soon after, Louise goes back downstairs with her sister Josephine, who begged her to leave her room, and now the readers reach the climax.