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Analysis Using Psychological lens

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Melissa Onate

on 25 March 2013

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Kate Chopin (1851-1904) The Story of an Hour (1894) Summary Louise Mallard has heart trouble, so when being informed about her husband Brently’s death it must be done carefully. Her sister, Josephine, is the one who tells her the news. Louise’s husband’s friend found out this news of Brently being killed after seeing his name on a list of those who have been pronounced “killed” in a train accident. Louise sobs over this news. Louise then sobs and leaves to be alone. Out of the window she hears a peddler yelling what he is selling, she also hears someone singing. She knows she will cry at the glance of her husband Brently’s corpse but pictures the years ahead that belong to only herself now. Louise is pleased with her new found self-independence. Analysis Continued... Analysis Mrs. Mallards will to be free is unconscious at first Analysis
Continued... Mrs. Mallard lives in a world where women live for the men, so when he dies she sees no point in life.
"There would be no one to live for during those coming
years". However she realizes that she is now
independent and it brings her joy.
"But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long
procession of years to come that would belong
to her absolutely "
"'Free! Body and soul free!' she kept
whispering". Mrs. Mallards reaction to her husband's death wasn't the usual -"she did not hear the story as many women have heard the same"
it was as if though she was relieved, a burden
had been lifted off of her. Josephine begs Louise to leave the room because of her heart condition but Louise refuses and instead fantasizes about all the days and years ahead and hopes that she lives a long life. When she finally opens the door, she and Josephine start walking down the stairs, where Richards is waiting. The door then opens and Brently walks through. Turns out he had not been killed in the train accident and was not even aware of one. Trying to block Louise from seeing him but doctors then arrive and pronounce Louise is dead from a heart disease-"of joy that kills". "She could see in the open square before her
house the tops of trees that were all a quiver with
the new spring life".

"a comfortable , roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and
seemed to reach into her soul" She doesn't act like someone who is mourning, she mentions that the the couch is comfortable as if she hadn't noticed it before. New experiences now.
She looks out the window noticing all the wonders of the world, looking at new life ahead of her After looking out the window for a while she starts to gain some sort of wisdom.
"It was not a glance of reflection , but rather a
suspension of intelligent thought" "When she abandoned herself a little whispered
word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said
it over under her breath: 'free, free,free!'" Unconscious The thought of what to do after her husband's death, so her will to be free.
"There was something coming to her and she was
waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not
know, it was too subtle and elusive to name" Conscious She finds that what she truly wants is to be free
and she has achieved it through the death of Mr.
Mallard. It's obvious that Mrs. Mallard never truly loved Mr. Mallard she resented him because he took her freedom away.
"And yet she had loved him -sometimes.Often she
had not. What did it matter" After Mrs. Mallard went to her room we see her true personality and what her husband's death means to her ID-unconsciously wanted her husband's death
"There was something coming to her and she
was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She
did not know, it was too subtle and elusive to
name" -Chopin Freud's Theory SUPEREGO- she tries to dismiss the thought of being happy after her husband's death
"Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously.
She was striving to beat it back with her
will- as powerless as her white slender
hands would have been" Summary Continued.. By
Melissa Onate, Maria Khalil,
Brittany Cluff.
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