The Story of an Hour
The Story of Adam and Eve getting expelled from heaven is known all over the world, but its theme of giving into temptations having severe consequences is also depicted in Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour”. Chopin incorporates this theme in her story by the main character Josephine giving into the temptation of finally felling free after her husband’s death and then being punished with her death. The author also connects Josephine’s death with three other factors: the character, the setting she was in, and the plot twist of the story.
Her character influences her death because Josephine has a weak heart to begin with. The narrator reports “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble” Chopin. This is important because a normal person would not have suffered the same consequences by giving in to the temptation, but in the case of Josephine doing so results in her death due to her weak heart not being able to handle all these emotions at once. Her heart problem is one of the three factors that contribute to her death because if Josephine have had a normal heart, she would not have died. This theory is supported in an article by Cunningham, where he describes Josephine’s death as a result of her weak heart. Another factor that influenced Josephine’s was the setting she was in.
The setting she was in influenced her death because Josephine was on her own in her room isolated from everybody else, causing her true emotions to come out. In the article by Jamil, states that her being alone made it possible to express her true feelings, instead of hiding them if she was surrounded by other people. This is curtail because if Josephine was with her sister and not alone in her room she would not have been feeling as down as she was. She could have shared her grief with her sister and would not have given into the temptation of thinking of this incident as freeing. This would have resulted her not being in the same kind of...