TheStory of an Hour
Thestory by Kate Chopin is founded on several themes which she wastrying to air to the society during this period. As many people aresaid to have had their relation of life to the concepts of CharlesDarwin the writer uses her wits to bring out emotions of hercharacter Louise Mallard whose happiness comes in after receivingfalse news about her husband, Mr. Mallard who is was said to havepassed on in a train accident. Her wishes may be read from the joyshe gets, but the author does not get us down to feel this vastnessas suspense is used to crack in immediately the protagonist Mrs.Mallard dies from a heart attack before learning much about her joy(Carlson, 2010). The writer, therefore, is out to prove that indeedMrs. Mallard had died from her happiness while using the suspense andshock displayed in the story.
“Knowingthat Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble, great care wastaken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’sdeath.” In this statement, it is evident that the informationsurrounding context is very shocking. From the World HealthOrganization, the severity and occurrence of Heart Disease are not ashigh as compared to that men (Berkove, pp 152-159). It is, therefore,surprising that being our female character she has the condition andhas made her feeble. It gets against the odds as the most thoughtweak person ironically gets overjoyed with the news she receivesabout her husband. In reality, if happiness could have killed herthen the most shocking argument is that, why not die because of shehad won liberation? The contradictory information helps the author tobuild on strongly over her argument. Irony has trailed in the eventsthat follow this statement as the author contradicts the actions thatfollow from exact readers expects to see in the exposition. ”Therewould be no powerful will bending hers.” Looking at her thoughts,Mrs. Mallard is wicked in her deeds. She cannot claim to love herhusband at the same time the oppressing she experiences being whatshe enjoys in their marriage. The contradiction used by the authorcreates an open chance for many questions over the marriage betweenthese two individuals (Toth, 1999). To ensure the readers keeps onfollowing the story Chopin used suspense to lure us into followingher story down to the end. Luckily enough the interests of the writerare well achieved, but the readers are still left hanging andquestioning what happened after the last scene. Also, we learn aboutthe shocking underplayed responsibilities by the man in the marriage,Mr. Mallard who seems to avoid his responsibilities
“Shedid not hear the story as many women have heard the same, withparalyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once,with sudden, wild abandonment. “It is critical for the author tobring out the completeness that is shared by a family of two marriedindividuals. The also explores the feeling Mrs. Mallard and findsthem astonishing as presented in this statement. She thinks death toher husband would completely give her the freedom that she want butfails apprehend herself from feeling lonely at the same time fromwhat she feels it’s the experience of the many other women (Jamil,p 218). The women referred in the context are not specified withleaves us stranded what if all the other women she probably thinks ofgot married again after their husbands died? The suspense has helpedher to keep on building on the story till the end. The writer alsobrings a different direction of events as the character is made todevelop an entirely different feeling from is thought to be thegeneral feeling of widows. When she abandoned herself, alittle-whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said itover and over under her breath: ‘free, free, free!`" At thispoint learning of how realistic Mrs. Mallard was overjoyed isshocking since no wife would ever receive the news of bereavement inthat way whatsoever. This is achieved by the author, and it was ableto convince the reader to carry on so as his final thoughts werecommunicated within the complete story. It is not easy to achieve theshock within readers with such a story, but Chopin`s determinationmade it possible (Foote, 87). Readers seek compelling situations thatmake them read the story and this device worked out.
“HerFancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. She breathed aquick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she hadthought with a shudder that life might be long." A happy woman,Mrs. Mallard, thinks she has all her liberation for herself to takewhole new directions in her life without anyone standing betweenherself and her decisions. In most instances in real life, the enemyof one`s self is himself or herself (Bender,pp 459-473).This would mean that she acts so as to please her husband and thismakes her a devil within herself. Surprisingly, the events turned outagainst herself and indeed killed her.“Whenthe doctors came in they said she had died of heart disease- of joythat kills.” It is believed no individual is ready to see his orher partner depart from them through death. It is shocking that Mrs.Mallard is considered to enjoy the purported death of her husband. Itgets so surprising to learn that the man was not aware of the newdisease of joy. It is ironical that she died from being overjoyed bythe fact that her husband was not indeed dead. The shock that killedMrs. Mallard was the fact that her most thought freedom was at herdisposal as she had thought earlier. The reality of staying with heroppressive “thought” husband was what she could not bear.
Insummary, the author has exhaustively tried to prove to the readersthat it is not easy to convince your audience without openly passingthe message to them. The instances of suspense, surprise and shockhave dominated all through the excerpt and therefore, an excellentapproach from the writer. In many occasions, some of thedemonstrations cannot be easily captured when individual authorsprovide their work to the readers. A good job is one that is welldemonstrated, and all the required information and themes can beeasily sorted out without difficulty. It was a great piece of workfrom our author, and this should be encouraged to the new and eventhe older writers practicing literary works. If given a chance Iwould want to see an improvement in the weaker areas identified.Despite the suspense, the message is still shared by the generalsociety as a whole.
Bender, Bert. "The Teeth of Desire." American Literature (1991): 459-473.
Berkove, Lawrence L. "Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopins "The Story of an Hour." American Literary Realism (2000): 152-159.
Carlson, Neil, et.al. Psychology the Science of Behavior. New York: Pearson, 2010.
Foote, J. "Speed that Kills: Role of Technology in Kate Chopins` "The Story of an Hour." The Explicator (2013): 85-89.
Jamil, Selina S. "Emotions in ." Explicator (2009): 215-220.
Toth, Emily. Unveiling Kate Chopin. Mississipi: University Press of Mississipi, 1999.