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Story Of an Hour
The story details the events of one hour during which a woman learns of her husband's death and is thinking of all that she would do now that she is free and at the end finds that he is alive and the death of her hope causes her own death.
In "The Story of an Hour," Chopin has introduced a character, Mrs. Millard, who relishes the freedom after her husband's death and dies when her husband returns in the end of the book. This relates to many women who actually undergo a two sided feeling at the time of their husband's death. Chopin understood all aspects of a women's psyche and brought out the feelings of women and wrote numerous literatures focusing on the intimate desires and feelings of a woman. In an age where women were of no importance, Chopin wrote to educate others that women have….
Emily Toth - Kate Chopin. Page 98, New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1990.
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Rpt. In The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. New York W.W. Norton & Company, 1994. Page 582.
Francesco Pontuale - Article Title: 'The Awakening': Struggles toward L'ecriture Feminine. Journal Title: The Mississippi Quarterly. Volume: 50. Issue: 1. 1996. 37+
Kate Chopin. Story of an Hour. Accessed online http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/
it's enough that her life will change dramatically for the better -- why does it need to be a supernatural or sexual experience as Deneau (2003) argues? And her depression has lifted, too, by the prospect of a complete life change: "Spring days and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long" (p. 88).
The ending is ironic, of course. The reader knows she didn't die of "joy that kills." She died because she couldn't go back to being the woman she had been before her Enlightenment -- like an oak tree can't go back to being an acorn. Louise Mallard has grown in the space of an hour and can't go back to being a "true woman."
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Story Of an Hour
Kate Chopin was an American writer whose deeply feminist views often influenced her writing. In "The Story of an Hour," Chopin (1894) explores Mrs. Mallard's reaction to the news of her husband's death and the emotional rollercoaster that she experiences during the brief hour after she hears her husband has died and before she learns her husband is actually still alive. Chopin's (1894) "The Story of an Hour" touches upon themes of oppression and the tone of the story follows the reaction that Mrs. Mallard after hearing her husband has died.
The plot of "The Story of an Hour" revolves around Mrs. Mallard and her physical, emotional, and psychological reaction to the news that her husband has been tragically killed in a "railroad disaster." While many would expect Mrs. Mallard to be devastated and grief-stricken, her reaction is quite the contrary. Chopin (1894) describes Mrs. Mallard's reaction as,….
Before this point, it feels that Louise is actually mourning the death of her husband: "She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat..." (p. 259)
he author has indeed tried to give away Louise's Id even before this point of revelation but full blown discovery is made when Louise finally allows herself to rejoice her freedom. As shocking as it might have been for some to accept in the 19th century, the truth is that many women actually feel stifled in their married lives. It is not that their husbands are cruel or bad in any sense but the mere fact that women cannot live a life of their own is what makes many women feel imprisoned. Every individual has his or her own dreams. hey want to be able to pursue those dreams….
The psychological analysis appealed to me because it can be tested with everyday observation. As we observe people we often learn that they are not what they seem. This is in tandem with Freud's view that self is composed to three parts and just looking at the tip of the iceberg could never reveal the whole personality.
Kate Chopin, the Awakening, and Other Stories, ed. Pamela Knights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)
She actually loved Brently very much and her first impulse at the news of his death was to cry. Also, she was perfectly aware that she would also cry at his funeral, considering that they loved each-other and that she was accustomed to living next to him. Brently was actually caring and loving toward her and one might believe that Louise's concern about her having been freed is morally wrong. However, a person who is not free is unable to appreciate matters such as love, as he or she is constantly thinking about the moment when he or she will finally be able to do what they want. Louise had nothing against Brently and, in point of fact, expressed an objective position in regard to their relationship. hat she wanted to highlight was the fact that marriages in general were wrong because they robbed women of one of their….
One may wonder how a woman could marry a man if she did not love him, but it is clear that she is doing exactly what society -- not her heart -- tells her to do. With all the references in the story to Louise's heart condition, one can't help but see the metaphor of the weak heart as the repressive nature of marriage in those days.
Overall, I believe that your story is eloquently and elegantly told. The personification, imagery, and metaphors are all used wisely. The reader never feels like they are being bombarded with too much symbolism and drama, which is important for gathering meaning. The story is an important one about freedom and the importance of freedom for all -- not just women. Louise Mallard loves her husband because she has to, because society tells her that she must love her husband, but it is clearly….
Mallard accepted the news about her husband's death very graciously. She wept to her sister right away and locked herself up in her room after her grievance. Alone in her room, she saw life in a different perspective. She was now able to appreciate the beauty of life outside her window. A single sob made her realize something. It dawned upon her that she was finally free from her husband's subordination. ight there and then, she became overwhelmed with joy. Although she sometimes loved her husband, the idea that she would have nothing to live for but herself excited her tremendously. Upon savoring her newfound freedom, she even prayed that her life would be long even though just yesterday she dreaded that life would actually be long. She went out of the room with victory on her face. When she and her sister went downstairs, her alleged dead husband….
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Institution of Marriage According to Chopin
The institution of marriage has historically carried powerful implications of patriarchy. Especially in turn of the century America, marriage was seen to largely serve the interests of male desire and the impulse for procreation. ithin this scope, very little room was left to discuss the female desire. Indeed, the pressure for a woman to ultimately be taken as a wife by a reputable man was a strong force underlying a great many marriages. This is the same force that we find at the center of Kate Chopin's 1894 short story, "The Story of An Hour." In Chopin's highly allegorical piece, the female protagonist offers an inadvertent and unabashed critique of marital patriarchy simply by expressing involuntary joy at the death of her husband.
Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" suggests that the affection which can emerge in a marriage of social convenience may not be….
Story of an Hour
Mrs. Mallard Obituary: The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
This essay underscores the discriminative attitude towards women in the 19th century. The essay predominately assesses gender representation in Kate Chopin Story Of an Hour, and the tale is paired to Schumaker, Conrad. "Too Terribly Good to Be Printed": Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow allpaper" also written in the nineteen century and depicts the roles of women in a conservative society dominated by men. I choose to use Kate Chopin story to write the obituary because the story is set in 19th century in a society that does not recognize women. The death of Louise Mallard forms the basis of this essay given her intriguing attitude towards the society, and the cause of her death. The fact that Mrs. Mallard somehow rejoiced in her husband's death because of the her desire to liberate herself from her….
Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin's the awakening. London: InfoBase Publishing, 2008
Shumaker, Conrad," Too terribly Good to Printed: Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."
American Literature, 57.4 (1985): 588-599.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Charlotte Perkin's the yellow wall-paper: A sourcebook and critical edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Chopin's The Story Of An Hour And Joyce's The Dead
Marriage is commonly defined as an intimate union of a man and woman, involving a special kind of love and commitment that facilitates a harmonious relationship and family life. Too often, however, the reality of marriage proves to be far removed from the idealized images projected by society and religion since individual personalities and the drudgery of daily living lead to a deadening of relationships. Indeed, this is precisely the revelation that both Kate Chopin and James Joyce make in The Story of an Hour and The Dead although the two authors approach the subject of married relationships from rather different perspectives. Both Chopin's Mrs. Mallard and Joyce's Gabriel are depicted as awakening to the true state of their respective marriages. The difference, however, between the two protagonists is that while Mrs. Mallard awakens to her need for liberation, Gabriel regrets….
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Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
Deconstructing the meaning of "death" in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"
As a method of literary analysis, deconstruction seeks to generate layers of meanings that are both latent and manifest within a literary work. More often, it is through deconstruction that leads the reader to identify a specific theme found in a work. Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" provides symbolic meanings that provide the readers with awareness about the state of gender equality that was yet to be fully recognized in Chopin's society (during the 19th century).
In this paper, the researcher seeks to create a literary analysis using the method of deconstruction, wherein a particularly striking word found within the literary text was taken, and themes and discussion of the word's relation to the story and its characters are generated. One primary emergent theme that prevails throughout the story is….
Irony in the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin uses the element of irony in her short story The Story of an Hour to emphasis the repressive role that marriage plays in a woman's life. The protagonist, Louise Mallard, is caught between the social expectations and moral obligations to love the man she married, and her desire for independence. This dramatic tension is manifested when Louise hears of the unexpected death of her husband, Brently, from her sister Josephine and her husband's friend Richards. Though the reader would expect Louise to be heartbroken at the news of her husband's demise, she is in fact elated by what she imagines to be the ramifications of the event.
An indication of the author's view on marriage can be ascertained through the description of the view from the open window in Louise's bedroom. Even though she has just been informed of….
Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour"
Kate Chopin's 1894 short story "The Story of An Hour" depicts a major event in a minimalist fashion -- most of the action of the tale takes place in the mind of the protagonist, Louise Mallard. The story fits well with modern summaries of Chopin's achievement in longer fiction: her well-known novel The Awakening, published five years after "The Story of An Hour," would revisit many of the same themes depicted in the earlier story, but will dramatize them in large broad colorful strokes, endeavoring accurately to depict the vanishing world of Creole New Orleans at the same time as they depict, in Martha Cutter's words, "stronger, less conventional female characters" (Cutter 34). In his survey of the nineteenth century American novel, Gregg Crane notes that in The Awakening "Chopin convincingly dramatizes how an unnameable and relatively faint discontent grows into a very real….
Bender, Bert. "Kate Chopin's Quarrel with Darwin Before The Awakening." Journal of American Studies 26.2 (Aug 1992): 185-204. Print.
Berkove, Lawrence I. "Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour'." American Literary Realism 32.2 (Winter 2000): 152-8. Print.
Crane, Gregg. The Cambridge Companion to the Nineteenth Century American Novel. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Print.
Cutter, Martha J. "Losing the Battle but Winning the War: Resistance to Patriarchal Discourse in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction." Legacy 11.1 (1994): 17-36. Print.
Q. Visit the three databases listed as great places for background information. Give two interesting pieces of information for themes about the stories you are comparing (so a total of four).Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Interpreted by some authors as a feminist tale; by others as a story of the dangers of modern technology Chopin is also the author of The Awakening, about a married woman leaving her husband for her loverThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Based on the authors breakdown after a similar type of rest cure Also the author Herland, a feminist utopian storyQ2. In one sentence, explain what are you interested in exploring about the stories. (What is your thesis statement?)The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman depict how oppression causes emotional stress and psychic disintegration for women in society, which is interpreted as….
Chopin's "Story of an Hour" and the Use of Symbol
Kate Chopin uses various symbols, such as the open window, the home, the heart, the news of death, and stairs, to convey themes of alienation and otherness, both of which underscore the ultimate irony in "The Story of an Hour" about a woman who happily "becomes" a widow only to find, tragically, in her moment of bliss that her husband is actually still very much alive. Chopin's main character Mrs. Mallard is unhappily married to Mr. Mallard and it is this unhappiness that sets her apart from other women: "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance" (Chopin) -- that is to say, Mrs. Mallard is set apart from other women by her lack of love for her husband. She eyes the open window and wants to be….
Sports - Women
Story Of an Hour The story details the events of one hour during which a woman learns of her husband's death and is thinking of all that she would do…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Women
it's enough that her life will change dramatically for the better -- why does it need to be a supernatural or sexual experience as Deneau (2003) argues? And…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Women
Story Of an Hour Kate Chopin was an American writer whose deeply feminist views often influenced her writing. In "The Story of an Hour," Chopin (1894) explores Mrs. Mallard's reaction…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Women
Before this point, it feels that Louise is actually mourning the death of her husband: "She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair,…Read Full Paper ❯
Family and Marriage
She actually loved Brently very much and her first impulse at the news of his death was to cry. Also, she was perfectly aware that she would also…Read Full Paper ❯
One may wonder how a woman could marry a man if she did not love him, but it is clear that she is doing exactly what society --…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Women
Mallard accepted the news about her husband's death very graciously. She wept to her sister right away and locked herself up in her room after her grievance. Alone…Read Full Paper ❯
Family and Marriage
Institution of Marriage According to Chopin The institution of marriage has historically carried powerful implications of patriarchy. Especially in turn of the century America, marriage was seen to largely…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Women
Story of an Hour Mrs. Mallard Obituary: The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin Cover Letter This essay underscores the discriminative attitude towards women in the 19th century. The essay…Read Full Paper ❯
Family and Marriage
Chopin's The Story Of An Hour And Joyce's The Dead Marriage is commonly defined as an intimate union of a man and woman, involving a special kind of love and…Read Full Paper ❯
Death and Dying (general)
Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin Deconstructing the meaning of "death" in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" As a method of literary analysis, deconstruction seeks to generate…Read Full Paper ❯
Irony in the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Kate Chopin uses the element of irony in her short story The Story of an Hour to emphasis the…Read Full Paper ❯
Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin's 1894 short story "The Story of An Hour" depicts a major event in a minimalist fashion -- most of the action…Read Full Paper ❯
Literature - American
Q. Visit the three databases listed as great places for background information. Give two interesting pieces of information for themes about the stories you are comparing (so a total…Read Full Paper ❯
Chopin's "Story of an Hour" and the Use of Symbol Kate Chopin uses various symbols, such as the open window, the home, the heart, the news of death, and stairs,…Read Full Paper ❯