It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought. The doctors say that it was the joyful shock of seeing her husband that killed her. This initial portrayal characterizes Louise as delicate and needing careful attention. She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips.
When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of joy that kills. There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being! She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. I have an old photocopy of the short story, which is obviously from a book, but no one I have talked to including librarians knows where it is from. They stayed keen and bright. Maybe you start fantasizing about getting lost or separated from the rest, just for a couple hours, so you can check out the Indiana Jones ride, or the French Quarter, on your own time. She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.
We do know that the action takes place in the Mallard family home. All women are suppressed by the men they marry. There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Analysis The Story of an Hour is, among other things, a reflection of the idea that marriage is confining and limiting for women. Yet in 1894, it actually was.
And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome. But what she soon recognizes in herself is an overwhelming sense of relief. Because such a short story leaves no room for background information, flashbacks, or excessive speculation, Chopin succeeds in making every sentence important by employing an almost poetic writing style. It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. His wife remembers him as a kind and tender man who always treated her lovingly. How does her personal story reflect her writing? There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.
This work was condemned in its time because of its sexual openness. When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease - of joy that kills. He appears to only have Louise's best interests at heart when he waits to confirm news of Brently's death, rushes to be the first to tell her in a gentle manner, or tries to shield her from seeing her 'undead' husband. They stayed keen and bright. Video: Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour. Soon thereafter, someone is heard at the front door turning the lock, turning the handle, opening the door.
A: It may be true. Mallard feels guilt over having experienced an indescribable joy at the freedom offered by her husband's death. There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Irony is when something unexpected happens, usually the complete opposite. She feels freedom and joy in the way that she will be able to make her own life going forward, led by her own desires and decisions.
Irony occurs in literature when there is a contrast between what is said and what is meant. And it was the removal of that intense joy that led to her death. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. Is it ever possible to have both? She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. Mallard is told her husband is dead, and she becomes excited at the idea of being able to live just for herself. After breaking into fit of tears and sobs, Louise composedly takes herself to her room. Elaborate on Chopin's uses of irony: 1 : when she gets her freedom, she dies anyway 2 : What is said explicitly is much different than the text's inferences thinking rather than saying.
Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission. She observes these patches of blue sky without registering what they might mean. 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. Kate Chopin, a regionalist writer who focused much of her work in Louisiana, was raised by strong women who taught her about self-reliance and perseverance. He stood amazed at Josephine's piercing cry; at Richards' quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. Her quick retreat to her room, though, is indicative of the repressiveness that Louise is accustomed to. She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life.
With the entire story and indeed Louise's entire adult life being spent in this one location, Chopin is able to emphasize the extent of the protagonist's captivity parading under the guise of wedded bliss. Getting back to Disneyland — sure, it's awesome to go on the rides you choose, in the order you decide. He had been far from the scene of accident, and did not even know there had been one. Brently Mallard is Louise's husband, a 'railroad man' presumably killed in a horrific accident. The answer is C because the reader not only does not expect the ending. Because she had Vogue as a market—and a well-paying one—Kate Chopin wrote the critical, ironic, brilliant stories about women for which she is known today.