Jan 22, 2018 in Analysis

Plot summary

The main character of the short story of an hour is Mrs. Mallard, who is inflicted by heart diseases. One day, Richard, Mr. Mallard's friend finds out that he died in a railroad tragedy, Josephine her sister find a better means of breaking the news due to her ailment of heart disease.

Upon hearing the sad new, Mrs. Mallard started weeping, a response that was a different from most women, who would reject and not believe it. Mrs. Mallard locks herself in a room with a window, threw herself into a large chair and, crying, and looks out at the lively world around her. Later on, her moans turn to gasps. And approaches an atmospheric moment where "her bosom increases and fell recklessly" as she grips on freedom and joy in the universe. She turns the expression "free" severally in her mouth, whispering it with enthusiasm.

Josephine comes into the room and begs her sister to come out. As Mallard appears, she emerges herself like the "Goddess of Triumph", and moves down the stairs with her sister. As the two descends to the floor of the stairs, the door dangles open and exposed Brently Mallard, Louise's evidently dead husband.

Richards hurls himself in order to hide the vision from Mrs. Mallard, but she had already seen. She witnessed her existing husband, and her freedom is teared from her arms. This sudden disaster makes the leader believe that what kills her. Nevertheless, the doctors on the prospect detect her collapsing from “happiness that kills", an evident thrust at men's failure to appreciate women.


Kate Chopin tackles difficulty issues concerned with the relationship among female love, independence, and through focusing on the evidently widowed Mallard in her last hour of existence. After finding out that her husband has died in a railway disaster, Mrs. Mallard faces inconsistent emotions of sorrow at her husband's loss and happiness at the scene for freedom in the rest of her living. The final feeling ultimately takes precedence in her mind. This makes the story to end unsuccessfully .The  surprise that her husband is not dead after all ruins Louise's apparition of her new living and paradoxically makes a tragic conclusion out of what primarily emerged to be an unexpected turn of incidences. As a result, Mr. Mallard becomes free of Mrs. Mallard.

An intelligent, independent woman, Louise Mallard appreciates the correct way for women to conduct themselves, but her inner feelings and thoughts are anything but right. When her sister announces Brently death, Louise sobs dramatically instead of feeling insensitive, as other women would do. Her violent response right away demonstrates that she is an emotional, emotional woman. She understands that she should mourn for her husband and worry for her own future; rather she feels ecstasy at her newfound freedom. Mallard is not cruel and appreciates that she will grieve over Brently’s death when the time comes. But when she is away from other sight, her inner thoughts thinks of her own life and the chances that await her, which she thinks have just brightened greatly.

Mrs. Mallard emerges to be a sympathetic character with insight and strength. As Louise appreciates the world, to lossse her strongest family connection is not a huge loss so much as a chance to go beyond the "blind perseverance" of the oppression of personal relations. Specifically, American wives were lawfully bound to their husbands’ status and power, but because widows rejected the responsibility following a husband, they gained more lawful recognition and often had more power over their lives. Even though, Chopin Kate does not particularly quote the current second-class condition of women in the story, Mrs. Mallard's saying of "Free! Body and soul free!" are mainly indicating the historical background. The issue that both her body and spirit are free suggests that marriage is both a, physical binding, emotional one and legal.

Mrs. Mallard is excited over her husband’s demise but doesn’t let anyone understand that, when the most surprising takes place, her husband is in fact  is alive and he comes into the room appalling everyone. The recurrence of Mr. Mallard makes Mrs. Mallard to be shocked and she dies “of joy that take life”. This means that joy did not take her life because of her husband’s unexpected appearance. Because the doctor diagnosed that, Mrs. Mallard passed away from the distress of an abrupt reappearance of her husband, who was said to be dead. Mrs. Mallard’s emotions of freedom were too much extreme for her to go back to the way of life that lived with her husband. The sudden disastrous death of Mrs. Mallard surprised everyone for they thought she would be extremely happy upon seeing that her husband was still alive. It seems that, there are other issues far bad than death for Mrs. Mallard after seeing his husband is back.

Mrs. Mallard's depiction is intricate by the fleeting scenery of her sorrow over her husband, as it might suggest that excessive shameless or egotism of self-absorption. However, it does not divert us much from understanding the story in this manner, and certainly Mrs. Mallard's alteration to temporary joy may simply indicates that the human desire for independence can go beyond even marriage and  love. Notably, Mallard comes to her conclusions with the indicative aid of the situation, the imagery of which representatively connects Mallards inner awakening with the starting of life in the spring period. Ironically, in one way, she does not decide her new thought but instead gets it from her environment, "crawling out of the sky." The expression "mallard" is an expression for a type of duck and it might be that wild birds but in the in the story represents freedom.

Louise expects a living without her husband when she was sitting alone in the room gazing out of a window, and the thought of personal independence comes over to her. Within an hour, she has a number of emotion and physical changes. She exhibits such profound feelings which makes her sister thinks Mallard is going to be ill. In “The Story of an Hour,” Mallard’s expectation of freedom and her physical response become entangled with one another.

Once the primary responses subside, Louise starts anticipating the new living she can have at the moment that her husband has passed away. As she gazes out of the window, Louise considers her marriage, her mixed feelings about her husband, and new potential. She sighs “free, free, and free” under her gasp. The thought of freedom rejuvenates her.  Not because she doesn’t love her husband anyway, but she can maneuver her life in a new way. However, her autonomy is short lived.

When describing Mrs. Mallard, we understand the way in which that personality felt prior to and after her husband passed away. When depicting Mrs. Mallard as “young, with a calm, fair, face, whose lines modifies oppression and even certain power."   This is telling a lot about the character before the death of her husband. The words "whose lines tailored oppression" reveals the fact that Mrs. Mallard has felt repressed by her marriage, and the "certain control" with which the writer portrays Mrs. Mallard may make situation to the control the protagonist has had for her to be able to accept her marriage. In addition, in explaining Mrs. Mallard actions after she has known the news about her husband, there is use of use metaphors, such as." She was drinking in a very elixir of existence during that open window.” to demonstrate the joy Mrs. Mallard is feeling now that her husband has died. Another example of Mrs.

Mallard actions can be seen in "There was an intense victory in her eyes, and she took herself unwittingly like a goddess of victory”, where the writer supposedly wants to stand out the fact that the character is feeling satisfied because she has been unrestricted from the repression of being married. The writer describes Mrs. Mallard's emotion more honestly when she says her in "liberty! Body and spirit free!”, since we can evidently view that the protagonist not only felt joyful but also liberated. This incidence can also be associated to the thought that marriage was a way of repression, as Mrs. Mallard experience liberty now that her husband is gone. Therefore, character's account is an instrument which writer uses to establish that marriage is repressive for women.

In conclusion, I think that writer sent a meticulous meaning by writing this short story of an hour. The message quoting "survives life to the maximum as you can." I also think that's an excellent expression to live life as one can by because Mrs. Louise Mallard gives the impression to be living under limitation that troubled her, but didn’t take action about it. Mrs. Mallard didn’t understand that having autonomy and having her individual uniqueness is something that you can’t acquire for granted. That’s why the writer used the fictional terms, metaphors, symbolism, similes, personification, and irony to help the reader analyze and elucidate the meaning of this bittersweet account.


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