Mallard's friends have to take special care in letting her know what happened so that she doesn't die also. In an effort to protect Louise from the utter shock of seeing her living husband, Richards quickly tries to obscure Brently, but to no avail, and Louise lets out her final sound: a sharp scream that startles and mystifies her husband. Mallard, and the narrator's dry statement that Richards couldn't prevent her new shock. Not only has her husband died, Mrs. Mallard finally understands what happened.
He is alive and was nowhere near the train wreck when it occurred. It is by sitting in front of this open window that Louise begins to realize her own freedom and independence and the prospect that she can lead a life of her own. She looks out the window and looks out at a world that seems alive and fresh. Below we'll discuss several important symbols and examples of irony in this story. Mallard sits down on a comfy chair and feels completely depleted. Louise, who readily admits that her husband was kind and loving, nonetheless feels joy when she believes that he has died.
That's both situational and dramatic irony. Some of the works listed here may be available online through university or public libraries. She observes these patches of blue sky without registering what they might mean. Chopin sends the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard's marriage is kind of like that family trip to Disneyland — she's lost in the shuffle. Extreme circumstances have given Louise a taste of this forbidden fruit, and her thoughts are, in turn, extreme. I always felt that the story, if it has a specific setting, is closer to the St.
The delicious breath of rain was in the air. What she explores in The Story of an Hour is one woman's process of dealing with death, specifically, the death of her husband. 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. Mallard longed for her life to end, thinking there would be nothing but restrictions. She is a young woman with heart trouble. Mallard's sister Josephine sits down with her and dances around the truth until Mrs. Louise knows that she often felt love for Brently but tells herself that none of that matters anymore.
Louis to live with her mother and began writing short stories for popular American magazines. This results in instant and constant dramatic tension. This suggests that Louis has a deep inner-life that is not connected to the outside world of her husband or friends and the fact that she cloisters herself in her room to discover her feelings is important. Q: What does the present title mean? So, when news comes that her husband's been killed in an accident, the people who tell her have to cushion the blow. She's actually in there contemplating how wonderful her life's going to be. But if you're not attached to anyone, there's nobody to share your experience with. She hears people and birds singing and smells a coming rainstorm.
Just as Louise is completely immersed in her wild thoughts of the moment, we are immersed along with her in this brief period of time. There were many points in which I deliberated if Louise actually loved her husband or if she was married to him but very unhappy. She thinks that all women and men oppress one another even if they do it out of kindness. But as readers, we know that it was the sight of him and what that meant: Her happiness, her freedom and all that she was hopeful for was gone. In the late 19th century, much of American society held to the deep-seated belief that women were inferior to and should remain dependent upon husbands and other male figures. A story in which an unhappy wife is suddenly widowed, becomes rich, and lives happily ever after.
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. The story is short, made up of a series of short paragraphs, many of which consist of just two or three sentences. Louise realizes that she will no longer be subjected to the powerful rules and norms of marriage, which cause humans to blindly and stubbornly impose themselves on one another. And although she fights it—trying hard to resist—she senses a feeling approaching her. Even so, she's kind of excited about the chance to make her own decisions and not feel accountable to anyone. This foreshadows that something bad will happen in the denouement or conclusion in the story. She tries to avoid it, but can't completely push it off.
The Open Window The open window from which Louise gazes for much of the story represents the freedom and opportunities that await her after her husband has died. When Brently Mallard enters the house alive and well in the final scene, his appearance is utterly ordinary. Mallard complicates the traditional or expected reaction of a widow to a husband's death by reacting in a totally unusual way. She can see the sky coming between the rain clouds. New York: New American Library, 1975. There are published reviews showing that.