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  • Submitted by: jaysbecca
  • on March 23, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,049 words

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The short story “A Story of an Hour” is about a woman who learns of her husband’s death and how she copes with the sad news, all within just one single hour.   The reader follows the emotions a Mrs. Mallard as she grieves her husband and has a realization of freedom.
The “Story of an Hour” is told by an omniscient narrator.   This allows the narrator to tell the story from different points of view, mainly of Mrs. Mallard.   Early on the author, Kate Chopin, gives the name of the main character and her husband.   By giving this information it suggests to the reader that this story was written during a time when woman had no rights. Mrs. Mallard is described as “young, with a fair, calm face, whose line bespoke repression and even a certain strength.” (15)   This gives the reader the impression that she is stronger than she appears.   Kate Chopin also lets readers know that Mrs. Mallard had a heart condition, by giving the responsibility of informing Mrs. Mallard of her husband’s death to her sister, Josephine, and Mr. Mallard’s friend, Richards, who double checks the information he received about the train accident and death.   This tells us that he wanted to make sure everything he was told is true so not to hurt Mrs. Mallards heart for no reason.  
“She did not hear of the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept it significance.” (15)   Her first reaction to hearing the news is what a reader would expect.   Grief and heartbreak, she cried in her sister’s arms with “wild abandonment” (15) after, the grief, she shuts herself off from the world and sits in to a chair by the window.   Some readers may see this as an improper way to deal with the news, while others could sympathize with her.   How a reader’s feels about how she acts comes from their own personal experiences.   She felt pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul,” (15) while sitting in the chair and staring out the window....

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  • Submitted by: jaysbecca
  • on March 23, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
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