Story of an Hour

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The Story of an Hour Essay "The Story of an Hour" is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It's about a woman named Louise, a sickly wife who briefly believes her husband is dead and imagines a whole new life of freedom for herself. To conclude, people long for freedom after a series of tragic events in their life. With these literal elements, symbolism and Imagery the reader can assume what the feeling was like when Louise was set free. Chopin uses Imagery to contrasts the series of emotions Louise Mallard endures while going through mixed emotions about her husband’s death. For example, “When she abounded herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” (10-11) The concept of freedom seems to have taken over Mrs. Mallards mind. She’s “powerless” to stop the feeling of freedom from possessing her, even though the idea of freedom traditionally seems to indicate by choice and personal authority. In order to achieve the physical and mental state she desires, in order to be free, Mrs. Mallard can’t be free from her idea of freedom. Symbolism in the short story takes place to show how powerful one event can cause such effect against a person. “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” (14-16) The open window signifies the new life and the fresh start that Mrs. Mallard believes she will have now that her husband is dead. She is releasing the old way of life she had and letting in the new life she hopes to have. The open window provides a clear, bright view into the distance. Through the open window she could see all of the things that her husband was holding her back from. In conclusion, the author express’s how Louise felt through mixed
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