Analysis of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin

Essay: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
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In the story "The Storm," by Kate Chopin, and "The Chrysanthemums," by John Steinbeck, imagery is an integral element in the development of the characters and situation, as well as the development of theme.

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Kate Chopin: "The story of an hour" - An Analysis

As the title puts it, “The Story of an Hour” is a story that happens in one hour. This story mostly revolves around one woman, Louis Mallard, who is used to develop many themes in the story. Some of the themes brought have a different interpretation from what is normally known in the usual circumstances. The themes of freedom and death have been projected quite in a way that gives a reader another understanding different from what is already known. Other themes that are evidently seen are time, freedom and confinement, marriage and emotional regression. The title of the story also shows how so many things can happen within a single hour ( and Nora 27). In normal circumstances, death brings sorrow, grief, seclusion, guilt, regrets, amongst other feeling depending on the course of death. In this story, death brings some of these feelings such as sorrow and grief. However, the story has proved that death can bring joy and independence. Kate Chopin uses death to symbolize joy and independence.

An Examination of the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
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During this time that she is in the room, she gets to think of the days that lay ahead of her. She even thinks of the funeral day. She knows that she will cry when she sees the cops of her husband but it seems as if it will crying induced by formality rather than feelings. Death has come to liberate her from the marriage bondage. According to her, both men and women are victims of this bondage. Although she had some feelings of love for her husband, she tries to console herself that none of that mattered ant more and she would get a new kind of freedom. From the general look of things, it seems that this marriage was rather a sad rather than a happy marriage. There are no children mentioned in the story, which makes one wonder if they really had intimate times. At the beginning of the story, Louise is described to have a “fair calm face whose lines bespoke repression” (Chopin 2). This may make a reader think that she is an old woman. However, she is young woman as one gets to know as the story continues. The lines of regression portray that she was in an unhappy marriage. Her heart trouble at such an early age was also another sign that she was happy. This death would release her from all this unhappiness and usher her in to the world of independence, self-control and a new life.

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