Story of an Hour Essay

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Freedom in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an hour” “The secret of happiness is freedom” - Carrie Jones 2008, Need. The short story “The Story of an Hour” clearly illustrates this quote in this story. That happiness is the key to freedom. One major theme in Chopin’s story is freedom. In the beginning of the story, Mr. Mallard receives devastating news that her husband has died in a railroad disaster. However, she isn’t really sad; she is more relieved than anything. Finally no one is holding her back from living the life she always wanted. She is FREE. Through the use of repetition, imagery and personification, Chopin’s reveals the importance of freedom. First, Chopin’s uses repetition to show the effect freedom has on Mrs. Mallard. Chopin repeats certain words and phrases as a way to reveal the protagonist’s escape to freedom. From one of the very first moments when she hears about her husband’s death, it is clear that she is accepting the fact that she finally has freedom: “She said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free!”(11) The repetition of “free” shows that the protagonist is happy that her husband is dead, because she is finally free. With Chopin’s repetition of “the open window” (11), (represents the freedom and opportunities that await her) it becomes clear that Mrs. Mallard has a chance to finally escape her unhappy life and become free at last. By using repetition Chopin shows Mrs. Mallards lack of happiness and freedom and powerfully demonstrates the importance of freedom. Furthermore, “The Story of an Hour" is rich in imagery to give the readers a visual set how freedom is important to Mrs. Mallards. When Mrs. Mallard hears the news about her husband, she spends most of her time in her room on a comfortable chair: “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed

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