• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Story of An Hour" Summary

Extracts from this document...


Theme: Story of an Hour "Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left." In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, the author presents certain themes through Mrs. Mallard and her situation of the loss of her husband. Instead of simply presenting one universal theme, the author displays several themes that all relate to loss along with the happiness that can result from a loss. She expresses the theme of loss through Mrs. ...read more.


Mallard's direct reaction to the news of her husband's death. Upon hearing the news she immediately burst into tears and ran off to her room where she locked herself off from the rest of the world. She would not make contact with anyone. This is what most people think of when they think of loss. They think of pain and suffering and sadness. Mrs. Mallard was grieving her husband's death just as anyone would and the loss of a loved one upset her greatly. This is the author's first theme: the way that loss can affect us and make us feel depressed and alone. ...read more.


This was an issue in the time that the story takes place. Back then, women were not allowed to do whatever they pleased. They had to have approval from their husband. This presents the second theme: there can be a resulting positive outcome of a seemingly negative situation. In the end, Mrs. Mallard ends up going insane and dies at the shock of seeing her husband who hadn't actually died. The author showed us how loss can affect us and make us depressed and lonely through Mrs. Mallard's husband's death. She also showed that losing something can have a positive outcome through Mrs. Mallard's realization of her freedom after her husband's death. As the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Vendetta story

    She notices her mums perfume on the side and quickly sprays the sweet scent her neck instantly feeling sophisticated and grown up. Rushing down the stairs, through the hall and towards the door she turns and shouts to her mum.

  2. unseen written story dracula

    As Van Helsing and Gimbulton wondered through the early morning fog, they started to hear laughter and music. As they got closer they could see a little town full of brothels and guns. As they walked into a bar Gimbulton had the urge to leave but Van Helsing had none of it.

  1. Short story coursework

    "So you're hallucinating?" Gavin asked him mockingly. His friend wasn't taking his problem as seriously as Matt thought it was. "Look I don't think it was a hallucination, I think it was real you know a spirit or something." Matt told him uneasily. It didn't feel very comfortable telling Gavin now that he was actually there.

  2. Discuss the theme of deception in Shakespeare's

    The effect of the deception is that without any, the plot and the title would be meaningless. It makes the audience become more interested in the play and without the theme of deception the play would become another romantic tale and would bore the audience.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work