Learning Outcome After this lesson you should be able to summarize and analyze Chopin's The Story of an Hour. She begins looking forward to living her life for herself. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. After a moment of resenting this feeling, Mrs. Mallard dies from the shock of seeing her husband. Even though all of the characters in the story believe she died because she was so overwhelmingly happy her husband was alive, we, the readers know that she died because she was very upset and shocked.
Mallard is overcome with joy. It was even adapted into a 1984 film under the title The Joy That Kills. . Louis Public Library for providing us with this copy , You can see the sentence in question four lines down on the right column: St. For one hour of emotion, Louise does glimpse meaning and fulfillment. Mallard is actually happy that her husband has died and instead looks forward to her coming years being free. Chopin died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage in 1904, leaving behind three novels, two collections of short stories, and one play.
Mallard sits motionless in her armchair by the window and looks at all the beauty of the outside world, occasionally sobbing. Louis to live with her mother and began writing short stories for popular American magazines. However, in this story an hour seems like a lifetime. Mallard takes the news differently than most wives would. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long.
She feels freedom and joy in the way that she will be able to make her own life going forward, led by her own desires and decisions. Mallard realizing her husband is dead and finding self-assertion in such a short amount of time. She knows that at times her husband was a good, loving man. While her actions may seem questionable or even to be condemned, they are hardly unthinkable in light of the issues involving marriage and the woman's role throughout history. For heaven's sake open the door.
She is young, with lines around her eyes. Her physical heart problems symbolize her emotional heart problems as it relates to marriage. Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Foote argues that the reason that Louise Mallard wanted more autonomy was because she and her husband did not spend time together. It is also evident that one can only achieve their true self when they are released from confinement.
Through the title, we are able to witness that quite a lot of things can occur in a short period of time. Happy and ready to face this new existence, all of her hopes are dashed when her husband arrives home unharmed. She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. Irony in Chopin's Story of an Hour Irony is a useful device for giving stories many unexpected twists and turns. Her writing often championed the kind of female independence she had become notorious for in Cloutierville; her first novel, At Fault, for instance, controversially examined the idea of divorce and paved the way for the fearless independence of her later works such as , which was critiqued and banned by libraries and bookstores alike. What she explores in The Story of an Hour is one woman's process of dealing with death, specifically, the death of her husband.
This offers us a glimpse into the dark side of her personality. Death can be the beginning of the end to many people, an event which can bring everlasting happiness, but also a shattering sadness. And yet she had loved him - sometimes. Howard suggests that the women in Chopin s stories are longing for independence and feel torn between the feminine duties of a married woman and the freedom associated with self-reliance. The paper notes that both stories show how change is necessary for life to be constructive and without which life becomes static and boring. For heaven's sake open the door. After some time, and at the urging of Josephine, Louise opens the door to find comfort with her sister.
Carl Halsoe, Waiting by the Window, 1863 Carl Halsoe, Waiting by the Window, 1863 Knowing that Mrs. In the late 19th century, much of American society held to the deep-seated belief that women were inferior to and should remain dependent upon husbands and other male figures. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination. In the story, Louise says that she loves her husband sometimes, and in the article it suggests that maybe her husband was cruel; so even though she did indeed love him, she also loves her prospective freedom from him. There are no lively words, just a matter of fact, unemotional statement without the slightest hint of sadness. She will be free, on her own without anyone to oppress her. It is about how a wife, Louise Mallard, hears the news of her husband's horrible train accident which ultimately led to his untimely death.
Notably, Louise Mallard reaches her conclusions with the suggestive aid of the environment, the imagery of which symbolically associates Louise's private awakening with the beginning of life in the spring season. As the title suggests, this is a story about the importance of time. The Story of an Hour is one of the stories featured in our collection of and to read when you have five minutes to indulge yourself reading a great story. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. The world outside of her own bedroom is only minimally described, but the world inside of her mind is lively and well described by the narrator.
There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow- creature. Mallard retreats to her room, she looks out the window. When she realizes her freedom is gone her heart stop and she then dies. Situational irony is used to show the reader that what is expected to happen sometimes doesn't. The reader is never told why she dies, but it can only be assumed that she died from surrendering her heart to a life of being an individual and finding her own happiness as a widow. The window outside of her room is alive and vibrant like her mind, while everything about her physically is cloistered. Getting back to Disneyland — sure, it's awesome to go on the rides you choose, in the order you decide.