Story of an Hour Analysis

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Gabrielle Lewis 7/28/2015 Analysis of "Story of an hour" Rob Harrill This stories message was fairly unusual and captures and unlikely reaction to the death and loss of a spouse. When Mrs. Mallard hears the news of her husband's mortality she reacted In a short despair but in little timing, once alone, she was relieved and had much anticipation for a long, free life without Mr. Mallard .At the end of this story this woman literally fell to her death at the sight of her husband, whom was supposed to be dead which happens to be very ironic, but also shows Mrs. Mallard's true feelings of her husband's sudden death. The Author portrayed Mrs. Mallard as a woman who is positive for a better life with a newfound independence and taste for freedom. She seemed to really focus on this new outlook Mrs. Mallard had on life, despite, and probably due to her husband's death. Though it was short lived (story of an hour) the author made it the main point in the story. The beginning of this story starts out with Mrs. Mallard being told about her husband's sudden death involving a train accident. Her husbands good friend and sister broke the news down to her as gently as they could, but still resulted in her crying out and falling into her sisters arms. Mrs. Mallard then leaves the area where everyone has gathered to be alone in her room. While she was in her room she seems surprisingly calm. Almost as if she was in shock, but it became clear that she was having an epiphany. She's not crying, or screaming, she is relaxing and staring out the window at the clouds. "When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed

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