The Story of an Hour

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The Story of an Hour
Caprice Tarpley
Kaplan University
Professor Susan Zappia

April 2, 2013
The Story of an Hour


Kate Choplin in her mini story ‘The story of an hour’ depicts very beautifully the yearnings and longings of a woman in the 19th century. The story is short and beautiful, and the underlying message is that women are just as humans as men and they have the same yearning desire for freedom as the men in their life (Chopin, 1894).

The story of Mrs. Mallard

Louise Mallard is the major character of the story. She is represented as a fair and calm woman along with little indication of being strong. She was suffering from heart disease and that is why the death of her husband was disclosed to her after much hesitation. Her character envelops a mixture of happiness and grievance. It can clearly be observed when she got the news of her husband’s death. Despite of going into shock, she dramatically cried hard for a time (Jamil, 2009). Owing to the fact that she had a heart trouble, she must had went into shock, however, she was calm and started considering the new opportunities her life may pose her. She welcomed some mysterious things appearing to her from the sky and her actions show that she was feeling immense independence after her husband’s death. She was overjoyed with the fact that she could lead her life without any domination (Seyler, 2009). At start, the weaker side of her character was portrayed, whereas, in room alone she was stronger and her heart was full of energy knowing the fact that she was free. Her weakness returned when she realized that her husband did not actually died. The news quickly took her life. Doctors claimed it death due to joy, however, it was death due to shock of snatched freedom at once. Due to the fact that Louise has a heart trouble she is informed about her…...

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