“The Story of an Hour” The beginning of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” presents a woman who is about to be told that her husband has been killed in a railroad disaster. Louise Mallard suffers from a heart condition so her sister and friends must break the news to her as delicately as possible. Immediately after hearing the shocking news, she reacts just as one would imagine by weeping as she ran off to her room alone. However, the reaction quickly shifts as with her husband’s passing she is overcome with joy as she realizes that she no longer has to live for anyone but herself. The open window that Louise gazes from is a key symbol which represents the freedom and opportunity that is now possible now that her husband has died.
Mr. Richards was in the newspaper office when he heard the news of the railroad disaster. Josephine started to break the news gently to her sister Mrs. Mallard. After Mrs. Mallard heard the news of her husband’s death; she didn’t react the way you think that she would. Instead of her having that paralyzed inability to accept his death she just wept. The grief she was feeling overcame her and she went to her room to be alone.
In the story, “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallard learns of her husband’s death from her sister Josephine. She is so distraught with the news, that she retreats to her bedroom to be alone. While in her room, she goes through several emotions: first, she is exhausted and allows herself to relax, then, she gets depressed by the news of her husband’s death, and finally, she is relieved
Receiving 17 days of leave, Paul travels to his hometown, knowing he must go see Kemmerich’s mother, “I was beside him. He died at once” (180). Paul is deliberately telling Kemmerich’s mother a blatant lie. Kemmerich died in a gruesome manner after he had his leg amputated. Kemmerich’s mother is not convinced that Paul is telling the truth, saying, “I have felt how terribly he died.
In the poem ‘Poppies’, the mother feels very sad; “Three days before Armistice Sunday and poppies had already been placed on individual war graves” this is a reminder that war kills people which makes her sad as her son might be killed in war. She also feels very scared; “I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals, spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade of yellow bias binding around your blazer” this suggests that she might be thinking of her son which wounds her emotionally as he might be wounded in war. Similarly, the mother in ‘At the Border, 1979’ also feels very emotional as they are going back to their homeland; “We are going home”, this suggests that the mother is very happy that they are back, however, the narrator doesn’t seem to understand why the adults become very emotional when the two countries looked identical. In “At the Border, 1979”, Choman Hardi uses a child perspective to view the absurdities of both adult behaviour and borders that were caused by conflicts. In this poem, the narrator doesn’t understand why crossing the border was very important to the adults when it’s physically easy to cross.
The protagonist of “The Story of an Hour” Mrs. Mallard dies of a heart attack when she saw her husband alive just an hour later hearing of his death in the railroad disaster. The main character of “The Yellow Wallpaper” Jane is a woman who was diagnosed by her husband and physician John as having “a temporary nervous depression” (Gilman 55). He rented a big colonial mansion with gorgeous garden to help to treat her sickness by doing nothing. It was forbidden for his wife to write, to spend a lot of time with her baby, to have visitors and traveled somewhere. He controlled each Jane’s step by himself or with his sister supervision.
Is marriage a prison? According to Kate Chopin, the answer is – yes; marriage is a prison in which freedom does not exist. In 1894, Kate Chopin wrote and published “Story of an Hour.” The story takes place in the late nineteenth century in an American home, where Mrs. Mallard, the protagonist, heard about the news of her husband’s death from her sister. In the beginning, Mrs. Mallards felt sad about her husband’s death. The feeling, however, shifts because she begins to be happy about her husband’s death.
Interpretive Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin shows the author’s completely negative view of marriage as nothing more than a constraint and a misery. Chopin goes on to say that a woman is better off dead than married when the character, Louise Mallard, dies of heart disease upon seeing her husband is not dead at all. Heart disease, being the disease of marriage. Louise Mallard not only accepted Brently Mallard’s death, but burst into sudden, almost unexplainable weeping. This was possibly due to the fact that she was so overjoyed with the fact that she was her own person again, she could not control her emotions.
Mallard” is told by her sister, that her husband has been killed in a train accident. Initially, she is filled with sorrow and disbelief. However, after her tears dry and the days events begin to settle, Mallard begins to imagine what her life will be like without her husband. A calming relief begins to fill her thoughts. She would no longer have to live for him nor anyone else, only herself.
In the beginning of the story we learn Mrs. Mallard’s husband, Brently Mallard, was killed in a train accident. Brently’s friend Richards rushed over to her house to break the news gently to Mrs. Mallard because she suffered from a fragile heart. Throughout her story, Chopin gave us the first names of the characters except for Mrs. Mallard. We didn’t learn her first name until after she received the news of her husband’s death. This signified that Mrs. Mallard was known only as Brently’s wife and didn’t have a true identity of her own until she was freed from her marriage.