The Story of an Hour is about a woman with a fragile heart, who is carefully informed of her husband Brently Mallard's death due to a railroad accident. As one reads the story, it is simple to believe that Mrs. Mallard weeps at the news of her husband’s death, for now she is a young widow who may have been deeply in love. However, there is much more depth and there are layers to the story that spark the question of how well one can truly know what another feels if one only knows a short part of the story. Mrs. Mallard maintains a façade of loving her husband, which is also perpetuated by the world view that a married couple loves each other. She is oppressed by her husband, whose “face…had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead”.
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin: A Literary Review Laura Gobin ENG125: Introduction to Literature (ABI1131B) Miranda Saake July 28, 2011 Louise Mallard, our protagonist of the story, is depicted immediately as high strung with a weak heart. She is informed by a close family friend, in the most genteel way possible, that her husband has died in a train accident. At first, as the reader expects her to, given her description, Mrs. Mallard bursts into hysterics, weeping uncontrollably and locking herself in her room; much to the chagrin of her sister and the reluctant informant. As the author takes the reader through the mental and emotional process of the information Mrs. Mallard has received, we begin to understand that the new widow is quite young, just as the character begins to realize it herself. In a very short time, the reader sees the transformation of a grieving widow into that of a woman who has just stumbled onto the fact that she has attained her freedom, and will not have to answer to anyone ever again.
Wes Blake 9/11/2012 “Story of an Hour” In Kate Choplin’s, “Story of an Hour,” a woman, Mrs. Mallard, is told her husband has died in a railroad accident. The story then proceeds to tell the chain of events after hearing the news, ranging between if Mrs. Mallard loved her husband or not. Because of this one is to question whether or not she was happy with her marriage. I believe she was happy with her marriage because she was so upset over the news, she was able to recollect good memories of their relationship, and she was able to rid herself of the unpleasant memories of their marriage. First, Mrs. Mallard is totally destroyed by the news of 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.
She was filled with quick sorrow and then it slowly crept away. Sorrow forgotten for the moment Mallard was introduced and sought out with such imagery that made her seem to be mentally unstable. Learning that she did have heart trouble early on the news was broken to her with ease. Upon finding about her husband’s tragic death in a railroad accident, both his friends and her friends were there for moral support. Walking away Mrs. Mallard cries her way to a room in her home.
Kate Chopin’s Story of an Hour is a short story that covers and entails the excruciating pain that one hour of misunderstanding can do to a conflicted woman’s life. In the beginning of this short story, the main character, Louise Mallard has recently received the tragic news that her husband has been slaughter in a rail road accident that took his life. Mrs. Mallard, now widowed, immediately rushes to her bedroom to grief in the loss of her husband. Mrs. Mallard shows to be contemplating. After a while of grief and agony Mrs. Mallard, slowly, comes to a conclusion that makes her realize that she is no longer defined by her marriage.
Monika Jablonska Essay # 2, Eng. 201 The Story of an Hour In the "The Story of an Hour,'' by Kate Chopin we watch a women’s life suddenly changing over a very short period of time and it becomes something completely different. The life she had is gone, and self-consciousness steps in. Louise Mallard, devoted wife is informed that her husband was killed in a train accident. Her response is unusual because everyone expects her to be in grief after learning about her husband’s death but at the end we see that this is not the case in this story, and the theme of identity and selfhood, as well as role of women in marriage is shown.
But later in the story we learn he had been far away from the accident, and did not even know there had been one. (338) Another ironic moment arouses in “The Story of an Hour” as great care is taken when Josephine, sister of Mrs. Mallard, gently breaks the news of Mr. Mallard’s death. When Mallard calms down, she goes to her room to be by herself to grieve the loss of her husband. It appeared to her sister and Mr. Richards that she was saddened by the news and wanted to be left alone. This would be a typical reaction after having lost a loved one.
In the short story, “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin argues that Mrs. Mallard, who suffers from a heart problem, feels relief and freedom when told her that husband died in a train accident, but dies from a “joy that kills” upon seeing that her husband was very much alive. The emotional changes Mrs. Mallard experiences after learning of her husband’s death, and later seeing him alive, cause her sudden death. Mrs. Mallard falls apart emotionally when she finds out her husband was killed in a train accident. When Mrs. Mallard sits down and thinks about the death of her husband, she realizes she would be freer without him. The shock of seeing her husband alive after going through several emotional changes causes her to have a heart attack.
On April 19, 1894, Kate Chopin wrote “The Story of an Hour,” a truly remarkable tale about a subdued wife’s vision of intending to live only for herself. Louise Mallard, who suffers from heart trouble, is gently told the news of her husband’s death in a railway-accident. She “wept at
A Brief Moment of Freedom Kyla Poling ENG 125 Professor Heather AltfeldFisher August 13, 2011 A Brief Moment of Freedom In The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, we are introduced to Mrs. Mallard. We experience with her, death, joy and then death again as she discovers freedom. Mrs. Mallard is informed of her husband’s death in a railroad disaster. She struggles with the feelings she experiences of joy after a short period of grief. Mrs. Mallard then witnesses her husband walking through the front door of their home.
The Hidden Truth The main character is Mrs. Mallard, who has a heart condition. One day, Mr. Mallard's friend, Richards, learns that Mr. Mallard has died in a railroad disaster. Mrs. Mallard's sister Josephine tries to break the news to Mrs. Mallard softly because of her heart condition. Upon hearing the news, Mrs. Mallard begins weeping, a reaction that Chopin notes as different from most women, who would refuse to believe it. Mrs. Mallard soon locks herself in a room with a window, hurls herself into a large chair, and, sobbing, gazes out at the world bustling around her.
Although Mrs. Mallard loved her husband the overwhelming thought of a life without him brought about emotions that she had buried inside which was a sense of freedom. The theme of this story comes together as Mrs. Mallard descends to her room to be alone. Mrs. Mallard was a sickly women afflicted with heart trouble. Her ailment was known to her family and friends. When the word come down that her husband had been in a train accident and feared dead her family and friends knew to break the news to her as easily as they possibly could.
Bently was supposed to have died in a train accident. Josephine, Louise Mallard’s sister, came to comfort her at the news of her husband’s death. The fourth character was Richards, a friend of Bently Mallard’s, was at the train station when the news came in about Bently’s death. Ms. Chopin opened the story by telling of Mrs. Mallard’s heart trouble and the care that was needed to give her bad news. Immediately, a sense of fear began when reading that “great care was taken to break” the news (Chopin, 1894).
“The Story of an Hour” describes the series of emotions Louise Mallard is feeling after hearing of the death of her husband, who she believes has died in a railroad disaster. “The Story of an Hour” follows Mrs. Louise Mallard and an hour of her life, during which her husband has died in a railroad accident. Upon receiving the news, she seems to be thrown into a downward spiral of emotions mourning for his death. As she falls deeper into grief, little hints are revealed that her mourning is progressing into the joy of her freedom. Great care was taken to tell Louise Mallard, who has a heart problem, of her husband’s death, Brently Mallard, during a railroad disaster.
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.
ENGL220 Assignment 1 MINJI KIM Setting in the late nineteenth century, Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour illustrates a woman’s emotional changes after she heard of her husband’s death. Although it is written long before and it is just a short portrayal of an emotional repression of a woman of that time, The Story of an Hour still is a thought-provoking story even for the contemporary readers. Louise, who has heart problem, is carefully told that her husband, Brently, is killed in a railroad accident. She goes upstairs to her room sobbing. Looking outside the open window, she feels the spring air, and suddenly feels the unexpected joy.
“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.
In order to achieve self-fulfillment their lives ended in tragedy. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," a young woman's innermost thoughts about her life and marriage and her perception of the world are expressed through Louise, who reacts in a strange way after receiving news that her husband has been killed in a train wreck. "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance" and instead of breaking down emotionally she explores the possibilities of what a new life would bring. She realizes that her husband is no longer there to control her or tell her what to do. "There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself".