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The Story of an Hour

A brief analysis of Kate Chopin's short story
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Victoria Horne

on 1 June 2013

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The Story of an Hour
by
Kate Chopin Characters
-Mrs. Louise Mallard
-Josephine
-Richards
-Mr. Brently Mallard Mrs. Mallard weeps with"Sudden, wild abandonment" after learning of her husbands death
Josephine drops "veiled hints" about Mr. Mallard's death because of Mrs. Mallard "heart trouble"
Retiring to her room, Louise comes to grips with her husband's death- and the freedom of her own life Symbols Door- Entrance/ Exit Entrance- Entrance into her mind and her newly imagined life w/o her husband (Narrator calls her Louise while in the room)
Exit- Exiting her room, returning as Mrs. Mallard
Narrative Technique Third-person omniscient voice
Plot Power of Thought and Feeling
Intense emotions experienced fully by her senses Window
New beginning/freedom Motif Hands Hands are connected to her heart-ties her emotional and physical states together Her emotion is stronger that her body "Monstrous joy" Conflicting emotions of the moment- dread and happiness creates emotional tension within the story Louise experiences the moment with all of her senses
Smells and tastes the 'delicious air' after the spring rain
Hears the peddler's cries selling his wares
Hears a distant song
Sees the sparrows, the square, new leaves on the trees
Touches the comfortable armchair where she sits Introduction In Kate Chopin's short story, emotional tension and dramatic irony are used to shape an intense story of a woman, Mrs. Louise Mallard, who learns of her husband's death and comes to terms with her emotions of her newly realized freedom.
Through use of symbols, motifs and employing third person omniscient view, the reader has insight to the events that unfold in this story. provides reasoning for Mrs. Mallard's thought process and behavior and events surrounding the characters in the story "Tumultuous breathing" Simultaneously experiences emotions in a short period of time Freedom and Joy Foreshadowing
Mention of her 'heart trouble'
Needing to rest upon hearing the news
Irony "She had died...of a joy that kills" Works Cited Chopin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour". Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Kennedy, X., Giola, D. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2013. 549-551. Print. "There was a feverish triumph in her
eyes and she carried herself...like a
goddess of Victory"
Grief and Fear
"There was something coming to her
and she was waiting for it, fearfully" The concluding irony that she had died upon seeing that her husband was alive and her freedom was gone, not from hearing of her husband's death. Special Thanks
to
prezi.com presentation by: victoria e. horne
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