Journal on The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Essay by Serena_DangCollege, UndergraduateA, June 2009

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After reading "the Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, I was surprised at the unexpected events that lead to Mrs. Mallard's death. Through elaborated setting, profound feelings and enriching plot, the theme of the story was gradually revealed and brought out an astonishing ending to both Louise's life and miserable marriage.

The settings took place both in outside and inside environments. As informed of her husband's death, Louise begins to make the first expressions. Unlike other women being immobilized and denial, she became anguished but went to her room alone. Here the audience expects her to moan in deep sorrow, but instead she sits calmly, sinking down into a comfortable spacious armchair looking out to window. She describes the smell of the air in the room as "the delicious breath of rain". She sees the trees outside in the yard quivering in "new spring life"- something outside is being reborn just like her inner self.

Her inside environment in fact has a soothing feeling despite the depressing event.

Louise's feelings observed through a third person view little by little divulge her story. She whispered: "free, free, free!" uncontrollably with "a monstrous joy." It is freedom that she has been battling to feel for the many years married to her man. She tried to defend herself by rambling on about how she used to love her husband sometimes, but she cannot hide the delighted actuality that she has her freedom back once again. To her the marriage was a prison; her life belonged to her husband with the social belief that such thing would make a woman's life fulfilled. She releases all the stress and emotions that had been building up all the passing years. It is devastating, as she describes it, "her pulses beat fast, and the...