The Story Of An Hour

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Kate Chopin uses contrasts in ‘The Story of an Hour’ to reinforce her major points and give a better understanding of the theme to readers. “The Story of an Hour” is a story of a woman who had a variation on her emotions when she thought she lost her husband. The story first starts off with the news of her husband’s death. Mrs. Mallard, the protagonist, first “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment”, but after she went into a room, she sat on “ a comfortable, roomy armchair” and saw “new spring life” and “patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds” through the window. Even though the death of Mr. Mallard should have been a tragedy, she only had a little shock, not sadness. She then went into a comfortable room and saw a new life coming to her. Dislike other characters’ anticipation Mrs. Mallard would be depressed, she rather found to be hopeful and joyful. The setting of the story is nineteenth century, a period when men had taken power over women. Same for Mrs. Mallard, she had an unwanted marriage that her husband had a control over her. Realizing that her husband was dead, she was first afraid of having a life of herself, but soon became very happy that there would be no one having a power upon her life-she could have her own identity, Louise back. The comfortable room and new spring life shown through the window clearly show the new life Mrs. Mallard can live by herself and for only herself. When Mrs. Mallard first realized that she felt joy of the freedom she got from her husband’s death, she was afraid to accept the feeling. “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully… too subtle and elusive… felt it, creeping out of the sky” is the line showing Mrs. Mallard fearing to realize her true reaction and emotion towards her husband’s death. However, she soon said, “free, free, free!”. She finally accepted that she
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