Character and the Illustration of a Theme in “The Story of an Hour”

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Essay #: 063362
Total text length is 9,930 characters (approximately 6.8 pages).

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Character and the illustration of a theme in “The story of an hour”
One of the key elements of fiction in any literary work is character – or character development. A character reveals and illustrates thematic undercurrents in a story because the ultimate disposition of the character, or the psychic and moral issues with which the character grapples, captures the essence of the message the writer is trying to convey. With this in mind, the ensuing few pages will look at “The story of an hour” and explore how the simple exposition of a character also leads to the exposition of a theme that lies at the heart of each story. In the case of Chopin’s work, we have a woman whose sudden about-face (from tears to delight) is intended to reflect...
The end:
.....f each of the aforementioned stories without first understanding the main characters and what they represent. In the first of the two stories discussed above, we have a woman who dies of horror and shock when she realizes that her husband is alive; in the case of the second work, we have a main character who suffers mental debility because she is trapped in a relationship that does not allow her to be an adult. If one cannot understand these characters, one cannot understand what the authors are really trying to say.
Works Cited
Chopin, Kate. “The story of an hour (1894).” Pp.1-3 of upload (additional information not provided).
Perkins, Charlotte Gilman. “The Yellow Wallpaper (1899).” Pp.4-20 of upload (additional information not provided).