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The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin paints a vivid picture of a womans emotional journey

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?The Story of an Hour? by Kate Chopin paints a vivid picture of a woman?s emotional journey in the Victorian era with surprisingly few words. The story begins with a gloomy gray day assumedly set in the late 1890?s. A tearful sister breaks the news to her newly widowed sibling of her husband?s death, and it would seem this is just another romantic short story. Is the dowager choked up, suicidal, depressed? Does she resolve to live on knowing her life will never be the same? In the beginning, it is unsure what her emotional queries will be. As the story reads on, repetition, imagery, and metaphor convey irony, polarization, and sexual repression without being overly verbose, and as so little information is given, the ...read more.

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The author?s brevity allows the reader to assume his or her own predestination of the character?s inner workings. The scene through the open window communicates emotions directly to the reader. ?She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.? Chopin uses phrases such as ?aquiver with new life? and the ?delicious breath of rain was in the air? to demonstrate the tenuous feeling of the scene, the newness, the sheer exhilaration of her newfound freedom, all without talking about Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

?Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over again under the breath: ?free, free, free!? ?Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood that warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.? This is very telling of Mrs. Mallard?s mind, without actually delving into her thoughts and feelings. Chopin uses physical imagery to represent mental functions. This entire paragraph is extremely sexual metaphorically speaking. Every reader?s conclusion of Mrs. Mallard and her behavior ultimately stems from their own personal feelings about marriage and the sways of prospects in our society. Chopin?s ability to demonstrate the complicated moral problems without being too particular will appeal in a different way to each individual reader. ...read more.

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