Analysis of the Story of an Hour Written by Kate Chopin

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Безуглая Анастасия 1АТМ Analysis of "The Story of An Hour" written by Kate Chopin. The story under study tells about young woman and her emotional experience connected with the fact of death of her husband. When she learnt about this, she busted into tears and went upstairs to stay along for some time. But then the strange and firstly unwilling feeling of absolute joy and freedom seized her. She understood that she loves this freedom much more then she used to love her husband. The story end suddenly and unexpectedly: she descended the stairs and saw her husband safe and sound staying at the doors. The sudden heart attack killed her. This third-person narration is involving and touching. From the very beginning readers emphasize with the young woman and her tragedy. A range of figures of speech is employed to describe her state and feelings: epithet “wild abandonment”, comparison with a crying child, metaphors “physical exhaustion that haunted her body” and “storm of grief”. An interesting thing is that after such touching paragraphs describing tears and grief comes a description of surrounded nurture. The entire world around the woman is full of life and happiness. Each and every living being celebrate the joy of being alive: “trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life”, “the delicious breath of rain”, “a peddler was crying his wares”, “countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves”. The woman feels a strange thing “that was approaching to possess her”. At first she even tries to straggle against it, but it doesn’t work. The name of this feeling is freedom and love of life. The change, which happens in emotional state of the main character, is shown throughout her eyes “The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright.” and physical processes “Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood
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