The Story Of An Hour

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“ The Story of an Hour” Does Chopin’s characterization of Mrs. Mallard justify the story’s unexpected and ironic climax? Explain your response. “The Story of an Hour” In this short story, the main character Mrs. Mallard was a young woman with fair skin. She was a victim of domestic violence. Mrs. Mallard’s was mentally abused by her husband as briefly quoted by Chopin, “There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature.” (Chopin, 1894).The character of Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” reveals that she is suffering from a heart problem. She also went through some problems in her childhood. When one loses the hope to live life with freedom, then also loses the desire to live. Stressful situations can leave temporary or long lasting effects on people and may cause them to lose their life. Any sudden stress, rage, grief, excitement can lead to a sudden cardiac death (Lecomte, 1996). Mrs. Mallard’s character did not have a happy childhood either. Her soul had many scars that increased with the time and controlled life with her husband. When Josephine and Richard shared the news of Mrs. Mallard’s husband’s death, they kept Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition in mind. Mrs. Mallard had her sister and her husband’s friend Richard to share the grief with her; she chose to be alone in her room as stated by Chopin in this passage: “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.” (Chopin, 1894). Although Mrs. Mallard loved her husband dearly, but she was not happy in the relationship. She felt that her husband was running her life, because he was imposing his decisions on her. By ignoring the grief she was going through, Mrs. Mallard was already thinking of the life ahead of her. In a way, she
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