Interpretive Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin shows the author’s completely negative view of marriage as nothing more than a constraint and a misery. Chopin goes on to say that a woman is better off dead than married when the character, Louise Mallard, dies of heart disease upon seeing her husband is not dead at all. Heart disease, being the disease of marriage.
Louise Mallard not only accepted Brently Mallard’s death, but burst into sudden, almost unexplainable weeping. This was possibly due to the fact that she was so overjoyed with the fact that she was her own person again, she could not control her emotions.
As Louise sat in her chair in front of the window, she began to see the new freedoms that were being offered up to her. The trees were alive in the spring breeze, this being a renewal of life. She could smell the rain, this being the metaphor to wash away her troubles. She heard someone singing in the distance and birds chirping. She saw hints of blue sky showing through the grey clouds. Everything she saw was a renewal of her life. These were things that were always right in front of here before, but until that very moment, she never knew they existed. She never knew how wonderful life looked.
Then Louise felt something coming over her. She was afraid of it, and did not know exactly what it was, but she did feel it. I believe this was conflict. First, a feeling of guilt because her husband has just died and she is feeling joy, then a sudden and final feeling of release, as she realizes that she is “free, free free!” (15). She is free of the unhappiness that has obviously confined her.
Kate Chopin delivers what I believe is her strongest statement of her opinion on marriage when she writes what Louise thinks to herself in paragraph 14; “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe that they have a right to impose a private will on a...