Analysis in Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”


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Analysis in Kate Chopin’s "Story of an Hour"
This paper will be an analysis of Kate Chopin’s short story, Story of an Hour. The analysis will mainly focus on the epiphany of a woman’s consciousness. This woman is Mrs. Mallard, a nineteenth century character, who is described at the outset as “someone afflicted with a heart trouble” (Chopin). Chopin has managed to convey the delicacy of Mrs. Mallard’s constitution, as “great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death” (Chopin). Mrs. Mallard is, in fact, so delicate, that her husband’s best friend waited for a second telegram to confirm that a train accident did occur and that Mr. Mallard was on that train, and then had her sister break the news to...
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.....ty of his wife’s death versus rushing to assist Mrs. Mallard. The value of a woman in a patriarchial society is underlined. Jamil perhaps states it best, that Mrs. Mallard’s brief glimpse of what life could hold, i.e., “…life’s immeasurable beauty” (Jamil, 3) was not worth living without. Without this, “…she realizes with the suddenness of acutely shocking pain at the sudden entry of her husband, there is only death” (Jamil, 3).
Works Cited
Chopin, Kate. "Story of an Hour." n.d.
Eisele, H. and J. Stake. "The Differential Relationships of Feminist attitudes and Feminist Identity to Self-efficacy." Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 32 (2008): 233-244.
Jamil, S.S. "Emotions in The Story of an Hour." Prince George: Heldref Publications, 2009.