The Story Of An Hour

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The Story of an hour Apprina Faulkner ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Michael O'Donnell May 30, 2011 The theme of “The Story of an Hour” In the short story by, Kate Chopin “The story of an hour” Mrs. Millard experiences a life altering change after finding out her husband is killed from an awful railroad accident. Kate Chopin interpretation of Mrs. Milliard is a person who has a gentle soul with self-esteem issues. Mrs. Milliard sees her husband as an authority figure and, a individual who is controlling and manipulative in every way possible. She feels trapped in their relationship and, the only way out is either by his death or hers. The theme reflects a story about an unraveling relationship that is both co- depended and dysfunctional. From the beginning, Kate sets the tone when describing Mrs. Millard physical condition and, state of mind. “Mrs. Millard was afflicted a heart trouble”. (Clugston, 2010) Upon receiving news about the death of her husband, Mrs. Millard struggles with unpredictable emotions and shows moderate reaction towards her husband death. She isolates herself from friends and family as well as, shows signs of psychological abuse. “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment in her sister arm” “When the storm was over she went away to her room alone’. (Clugston, 2010) Kate then takes the reader on a journey and provides specific symbolic tools enabling the reader to take a deeper look in the thought of Mrs. Millard’s repressed issues, “Except, when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams”. (Clugston, 2010) In the paraphrase, one can begin to observe the symbolic connection between manifestation and reality. “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of the trees that were all aquiver with new

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