My Version of the Story Essay

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In the short story “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin uses setting paired with symbolism to express that a woman caught in the confines of marriage feels free after the death of her husband. After being informed of her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard was consumed with a mixture of contradicting emotions. Along with being severely depressed, she also felt a sense of freedom and newfound beginnings. In Symbolism Kate Chopin describes the open window as the beginning of a new life that Mrs. Mullard would have. In reality people generally open windows to get a natural scent throughout their homes and in return lets the enclosed musk out. In the story Mrs. Mullard is doing the very same thing; which is thinking about a new chance at life. “The tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. ...and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves."(Paragraph 5) Kate chopin also uses symbolism to describe a healing process and that the open window was the medicine that Mrs. Mullard had obtained while looking through it. “She was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window” (paragraph 18) In setting Kate Chopin uses the freedom that Mrs. Mullard had now realized she had, and foreshadowed her fate with the visualization of her eyes and the tone of movement that Mrs. Mullard had as she finally decided to leave the room. "There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of victory”. (Paragraph 20) Also in setting Chopin combines the both terms symbolism and setting to convey the triumph over the “repression" (paragraph 8) branding her as “The goddess of victory” (paragraph 20) which defeated the "powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a

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