Richards tried to shield Mrs. Mallard from seeing her husband except it was too late. Once Mrs. Mallard laid eyes on whom she believed to be her late husband she collapsed and died. (Chopin 1894) When the doctor had seen Mrs. Mallard he said “she died of heart disease-of joy that kills." (139) it was assumed that she was so happy her husband was alive and she died from the shock. When in fact were the opposite it was her husband being alive and the thought of giving up her new found freedom and becoming repressed again?
Mallard” is told by her sister, that her husband has been killed in a train accident. Initially, she is filled with sorrow and disbelief. However, after her tears dry and the days events begin to settle, Mallard begins to imagine what her life will be like without her husband. A calming relief begins to fill her thoughts. She would no longer have to live for him nor anyone else, only herself.
Response Journal: “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin Quote: “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept is significance.” (197) Response: “The Story of an Hour,” a short story by Kate Chopin, is the story of one hour in her life, which although short-lived, brought her both comfort and sorrow. The story reflects her true feelings, during a time when conservative and orthodox conduct were expected. Upon the disclosure to Mrs. Mallard, that her husband has been killed in an accident, she bursts into tears. One assumes she is grief-stricken, and only further into the story, do we begin to realize that her tears are of joy and exhuberation. She is finally free from the restrictive clutches of her seemingly conventional marriage.
One side is that her husband’s death, she supposes to be sad, however, the other side is without her husband’s control, she could start her new life. She is afraid of adopt new life without her husband. “She said it over and over under her breath: ‘Free, free, free!” she comfort and encourage herself to meet new life. In the end of the story, Chopin writes that Brently Mallard still alive and Mrs. Mallard died because of the joy. It is so ironic that Mrs. Mallard only enjoys the joyful in her life only one hour.
When she is introduced as being mad in the play in Act IV, scene 5, she makes many references to her father's death through a song she sings. Ophelia realizes "He is gone," and that when she has a problem she will no longer be able to run to her father as she does in Acts I and II. She feels as though she can't go on without her father because she is such a weak character. It is clear that one of the reasons why she goes insane is because her father has been murdered. Ophelia's madness can also be attributed to the fact that she trusts Hamlet and falls in love with him, only to have that love unreturned.
The feeling, however, shifts because she begins to be happy about her husband’s death. She thinks she will be able to enjoy the freedom that she had lost in the marriage. Her hope is then ruined by the subsequent news of Mr. Mallard’s survival. The story describes the change of Mrs. Mallard’s reaction and emotion within a single hour. In the short fiction, Chopin explores her belief that marriage and freedom cannot exist together by using two powerful ironies: situational irony and dramatic irony.
On the other hand when I finished reading “The Story of an Hour” I was shocked and confused. I didn’t understand the death of Mrs. Millard. I think the author could have elaborated more on her death. The ending of the story didn’t make me happy like “Clever Manka.” It made me sad that seeing her husband alive has caused her to die. I guess her ready for the world of possibilities came crashing down when she saw her husband walking through that door.
This gets Ms.Mallards weak heart flows blood pumps again which was previously unheard of because of her heart condition. She also realized the freedom she has gained from the passing of her husband can make a difference, pertaining to her becoming a new woman. When Ms. Mallard sees her husband that she thought was died in the beginning of the story, she becomes overwhelmed and she dies of a heart attack. It is cynical that the doctor states Ms. Mallard dies from a “happy
His poem “Home Burial” is outstanding because the author manages to turn it into a truly dramatic work that tells the story of a tragedy that a certain family faces. Speaking about the form of the poem, it is worth noting that it has two layers: the narrative and the dramatic one. The narrative layer enables the reader to find out the factual information that makes up the plot. The spouses, who live in the village, lose their only child, and the father buries him near the house in a home grave. The wife is desperate and inconsolable, she cannot stop grieving, and this distances her from her husband, who is seemingly more stable.
The Story of an Hour Death opens its mouth to consume a husband and fights to take the wife in this bitter sweet story of a woman caught in a loveless marriage. Mrs. Mallard hears the details slightly, in small elements, from her sister trying to relieve her of any more grief than necessary. Worrying about her heart condition and trying to save her sister’s life during this tragic time, Josephine chooses her words wisely and slowly to break the news of Mr. Mallard’s death. Josephine and others have seen the illusion of love as she tries to spare her poor sister any more sorrow. The theme of this story screams of bereavement.