Story of an Hour

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Running head: Story of an Hour “Story of an Hour” Janet Rucker ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Patricia Lake April 21, 2014 Story of an Hour 2 When reading short stories like “Story of an Hour” one has to keep in mind that it takes different effects to build the details in a story to get an understanding of where the story will lead. Third person point of view and irony gives readers a look at how to come to an understanding surrounding the theme of the short story. This paper will look at how the theme of this short story comes into play through the understanding of the literary elements third person point of view and irony. The major theme of the short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is the awakening of possibilities of a new life. Although Mrs. Mallard loved her husband the overwhelming thought of a life without him brought about emotions that she had buried inside which was a sense of freedom. The theme of this story comes together as Mrs. Mallard descends to her room to be alone. Mrs. Mallard was a sickly women afflicted with heart trouble. Her ailment was known to her family and friends. When the word come down that her husband had been in a train accident and feared dead her family and friends knew to break the news to her as easily as they possibly could. Knowing how Mrs. Mallard felt about her husband for a few minutes she became inconsolable and cried in the arms of her sister, Clugston, (2010) “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone” (sec 2.2. para 3). After Mrs. Mallard goes to her room and sits down in the chair and starts looking out of the window things for her start to change even though she
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