Mallard reacts by immediately crying, after which she withdraws to a room, and contemplates what his death now means for her. There she sits before an open window, observing the happenings outside, and is soon overcome with an unidentifiable emotion, which she later reluctantly realizes is happiness. Mallard reasons that though Mr. Mallard had been a loving husband, one which she would surely mourn, she is also eager for a new life marked by freedom and independence from marriage.
The first thing we learn about her is that she is "afflicted with a heart trouble.
However, the narrator also tells us that "She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength. For one, the narrator describes Louise Mallard physically. Then, near the end of the story, as Louise leaves her room to reassure her sister, Josephine, she has a "feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.
These physical descriptions certainly help to build her character as well as illuminate the conflict between Louise and her society, specifically with traditional gender roles during the Victorian era.
Another way in which Louise is characterized is through descriptions of her inner thoughts. The narrator says, There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully.
She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air [ She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will -- as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.
Her response to this news is another way in which she is characterized."The Story of an Hour" is a short story by Kate Chopin that was first published in Get a copy of "The Story of an Hour" at webkandii.com Buy Now.
Lawrence Berkoven argues that the narration of “The Story of an Hour” is actually ironic and not straightforward.
Berkoven explains "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin The Story of an Hour “The Story of an Hour” is a short story written on April 19, by an American author Kate Chopin, born Katherine O’Flaherty ().
She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” originally published Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her.
Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.
Sep 05, · The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin About the author.. Kate Chopin() is remembered as much as for her gripping short stories, as for her pioneering role in American feminist movement.
She. Visit American History in Literature, The Story of An Hour - Study Guide, and the African American Library for more details about the writing and figures who helped shape America.
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