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The Story of an Hour

English Project
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Michael Kogan

on 7 March 2011

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The Story Of An Hour Plot Summary Mrs. Brently Mallard suffers a heart condition. Her sister, Josephine, tells her "in broken sentences" that her husband dies. Her husbands name was on the list of casualities. Richards, a friend of Josephine receives news that there has been a train accident. Mrs. Mallard starts crying uncontrollably, and makes her way to her room. She sinks into a comfortable armchair and stares outside the window. She begins to think of the significance of her husband's death. Realizing that she is now an independent woman, she says to herself, "free, free, free!" She starts thinking about the funeral, knowing that she would weep again. She starts thinking about how she would only live for herself in the coming years. She keeps on whispering "Free! Soul and body free!" Her sister is kneeling before the closed door, her lips in front of the keyhole. Her sister tells her to open the door, but Louise refuses. She prays for a long life now that her husband has passed away. At last, she opens the door for her sister. There was a triumph in her eyes as they descend the staircase. Richard was waiting for them at the bottom. They notice that someone was opening the door with a latchkey, and it happened to be Mr. Brently Mallard. Brently did not even know that there had been an accident. Richard tried to hide him from the view of his wife, but was too late. Mrs.Mallard collapsed and dies of an heart attack. The doctors called it "the joy that kills." Related many events from her life period to publish several amazing books
She published various books dring her life. In 1894, she published the short story collection "Bayou Folk", which included "The Story of an Hour
Other famous stories are "the Awakening" and "The Storm" Married to Oscar Chopin, a well business man
After giving birth to 6 children, they moved to New Orleans
Oscar died of swamp fever in 1883
A marriage where the man in was control Mrs. Brently Mallard suffers a heart condition. Richards, a friend of Josephine receives news that there has been a train accident. Her husbands name was on the list of casualities. Plot Graph Her sister, Josephine, tells her "in broken sentences" that her husband dies. Mrs. Mallard starts crying uncontrollably, and makes her way to her room. She begins to think of the significance of her husband's death. Realizing that she is now an independent woman, she says to herself, "free, free, free!" Her sister is kneeling before the closed door, her lips in front of the keyhole. At last, she opens the door for her sister. There was a triumph in her eyes as they descend the staircase.
Richard was waiting for them at the bottom They notice that someone was opening the door with a latchkey, and it happened to be Mr. Brently Mallard. Richard tried to hide him from the view of his wife, but was too late Mrs.Mallard collapsed and dies of an heart attack. Born in St.Louis on February 8, 1850
Father died in a train accident
Kate related her father's death to this story House of all women
Very close to great grandmother, who indtoduced her to storytelling
Told her stories about women stuggling
Kate was also an activist for women's rights All themes where Kate included in to her own stories
When she was 11 her great-grandmother died as well as her half brother
Started writing stories Mother died shortly after her husband
With nothing to turn to she went back to writing
Dies on August 22nd, 1904 She died of joy that kills. Setting Late 1800s to early 1900s
United States Telegrams widely used
Women's suffrage movement had barely begun “… but she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward
her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air.” “the tops of trees … were all aquiver with the new spring life.” “The delicious breath of rain was in the air” “Countless sparrows
were twittering
in the eaves” “Patches of blue sky showing
here and there.” “Drinking in a
very elixir of life” "There was feverish triumph
in her eyes, and she carried
herself unwittingly like a
Godess of Victory" "Give me liberty or
Give me death" Elements Mood Sad, gloomy, depressed “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with a sudden wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms”. (14) Mood Sad, gloomy, depressed “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with a sudden wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms”. (14) Brighter “Free, free, free!” (15) “She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her”. (15) “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”. (15) Tone The author treats opportunity in a very ironic manner Ironic how something so sad can make someone so happy and something so happy can make someone so sad Theme Husband dies, but gains freedom as she is the dominant figure in her life now “There would be no one to live for her during these coming years; she would live for herself”. (15) “But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long precession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely”. (15) Husband comes back, companionship, love, income, status “And yet she had loved him”. If her husband dies she is not longer shackled by society. "Free, free, free" She is free from discrimination towards women, free from being controlled and not having autonomy. Free to frolic and do as she wants beyond life. "In the coming years, she would live only for herself" Literary Devices Michael Kogan Kate Chopin Michael Xie Eunice Zhang Tony Ye Geoffrey Sun "Opportunity is in every instance" Storyboard Movie Poster Character Analysis “Her husband friend Richard was there, too, near her.” (14) “… He who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received…” (14) “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (14) “He had only taken time to assure himself of its truth by a second telegram and had hastened to forestall any less carful, less tender friend in bearing the sad message.”(14) “….Richard’s quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. But Richard was too late.” (16) “It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences…” (14) “Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole….. ‘Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door-you will make yourself ill…’”(15) “She (Louise) arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities.” (15) of secondary characters "Kate Chopin." Books & Literature Classics. Web. 06 Mar. 2011. <http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-bio/bl-kchopin.htm>.
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