Professor Thomas Norton
7 June 2010
Analysis of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
The short story is rich and complete with words that carries deep sense and a lot of meaning. Along with the theme of the story, there are a lot of metaphors, similes, symbolism and irony. The main character in the story, Mrs. Mallard has a heart disease, and her life experiences is something that everyone doesn't have the opportunity to have the happiness of freedom; but as you continue to read her story you'll understand it only in the end of the story.
In the beginning of the story you'll find out Mrs. Mallard has heart problems, and the news of her husband's death is brought to her "as gently as possible," once Mrs. Mallard was told the news from her sister Josephine, she cried immediately, "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with paralyzed inability to accept its significance." But Josephine honestly thought she would be really upset to hear the news. Yes, "she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, "but it's the first reaction to the news, without comprehension of what happened and how her life has now change.(Chopin 516)
Mrs. Mallards starts to comprehend the news later on in the story as the author tells little by little how she comes to realize it. She goes to her room, "there stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into the she sank "to point out another symbol "There were patches... west facing her window." I think this symbolizes death in the story. Reading the words, "a comfortable, roomy armchair" can symbolize security and comfort in spite of her husband's death, and "the open window", here symbolizes her being open and connecting to a new life. (Chopin 516)
The story also describes Mrs. Mallard experiencing "something" strong reaching for her, and the sounds, scents and colors in the air as she looks out her window could symbolize her getting in touch with her life,...