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Katherine O Flaherty (February 8 of 1850 - August 22 of 1904), Better known as Kate Chopin, Was an author U.S. short stories novelas. Composed The Awakening (The Awakening) and The Story of an Hour and The Storm, Among other works.
Kate O'Flaherty was born on 8 February 1850 San Luis, Missouri, United States. His father, Thomas O'Flaherty, was a wealthy businessman who had emigrated from Galway, Ireland. His mother, Eliza Faris, was a faithful adept of the French Creole community, and his maternal grandmother, AthénaÃ¯s Charleville, was also descent gala.
Chopin's father died in 1855When she was only five years. As founder of Pacific train was on board the maiden voyage when a bridge over the Gasconade River collapsed. Thomas appeared in the victims. That same year, Kate entered the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart (Academy of the Sacred Heart of San Luis).
The death of his father brought the young Kate to develop a close relationship with his mother and grandmother. He also became an avid reader of fairy tales, poetry, religious allegories, as well as classic and contemporary novels. Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens were part of his favorite authors.
Year 1863 was very bad for the author's family: her great-grandmother died, like his half brother George. As a Confederate soldier, died of typhoid while he was held as prisoner of war. Kate soon left regular education and to close himself in the environment further reading.
In 1865, Returned to formal education, finally returning to the Academy of the Sacred Heart. He started using a book in common use. He graduated from Sacred Heart Academy 1868, But there was no particular distinction, except as a master storyteller.
At twenty years old, Kate became a high-society beauty of St. Louis, where he was known for her wit, and devoted much time to music. On a trip to New Orleans, LouisianaWas greatly influenced by a singer and actress of liberal ideas. His experiences in New Orleans were the basis for Emancipation: A Life Fable (Emancipation: A Fable of Life). During these years, focused on questioning the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, Especially in issues related to gender: it felt dominated women.
Kate married Oscar Chopin on 9 June 1870 St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband was a member of the French Creole community of St. Louis. They had a honeymoon Germany, Switzerland and FranceBut again America due to early onset of Franco-Prussian War.
In the next decade, Kate and Oscar lived in New Orleans with a somewhat promiscuous lifestyle (in the 1413 Louisiana Avenue), where Oscar finally entered the cotton business as a "manufacturer." During this period, they had five sons and one daughter, while Kate remained active in the social circle of the city. The summers spent in Grand Isle, a resort community in the Gulf of Mexico. Kate's independence grew, including desacompañada habit of walking the streets of the metropolis, which greatly annoyed the locals. He witnessed racial confrontations, as well as terrorism organized against black.
In 1879The Oscar's cotton brokerage failed, and the family moved to Cloutierville, Louisiana, to manage small plantations and a general store. They became community activists, and Kate absorbed much material for future narrative, closely linked to culture Cajun in the area. His home in 243 Highway 495 (Built by Alexis Cloutier in the first half of the century) is now a national historic landmark and home of the Bayou Folk Museum.
When Oscar died of yellow fever 1884, Kate left with $ 12,000 of debt (approximately $ 229,360 U.S. $ 2005). The writer tried to control the planting and harvesting alone, but with little success. At that time, had a fantasy of passion with a married farmer.
His mother begged him to return to St. Louis, which she and her children ended up doing around 1884. Kate and her family slowly immersed in the life of St. Louis, where Chopin was able to close without any concern for money, and during this stretch was found willing to venture into reading. The following year, his mother dies.
At this time, Kate suffered a nervous breakdown and her doctor suggested she consider writing as a way of relaxing itself. By account of the council, he rediscovered his early narrative natural.
By the late 1880s, Kate was already telling short stories, articles, and translations that appeared in newspapers Atlantic Monthly, Criterion, Harper's Young People, The Saint Louis Dispatch, The Story of an Hour and Vogue. It was immediately acclaimed as an author of local color, but its literary qualities were passed daserpercibidas.
In 1899 His second novel, The Awakening ([[The Awakening (novel) | The Awakening), Was published despite the harsh criticism that was based on a moral issue rather than the level of literature. His most recognized work is the story of a dissatisfied wife who explores her sexuality. Out of print for several decades, is now widely available.
Chopin, deeply disappointed but not defeated, returned to the plane of the short story. In 1900 wrote The Gentleman from New Orleans, And that same year was included in the first edition of Marquis Who's Who. By Kate experienced a collapse in 1904 while visiting the St. Louis World's Fair. He died two months later, at age 53.
Currently, Kate Chopin is part of the Walk of Fame in St. Louis.
"The Story of an Hour" Plot
In narratology, the plot is a story not necessarily chronological number of events presented by an author or narrator a reader. In this sense, is a concept that opposes the fableRather referred to a set of events history according to the causal and temporal order in which events occur.
The plot also differs from the arguments, while seeking to make connections caused between the various elements of the narrative, rather than just describe a simple sequence of a sequence of events.
Aristotle defined plot as "the fundamental principle of the tragedy" and "imitation of action," and formulated the theory of "unified plot" approach is a frame with, middle and end, parts of which have separate functions, but also contribute to the whole narrative. In this plot elements are so connected that the elimination of any of them deform everything. The end of the plot, resolution, often precipitated by a catastrophe.
The plot is the body of the story.
Always start with a problem or discrepancy with a complicated history. if there is no complication, no storyline. The problem or discrepancy that motivates the plot creates narrative tension. This tension increases as the story unfolds. The plot begins and is divided into several episodes.
At the end of the plot are a transforming action that leads to the climax of the story.
In "The Story of an Hour" they know that Ms. (Mallard) suffers from heart problems, therefore, of great interest taken into account to convey the news of the death of her husband. And disjointed sentences and phrases lined revealed (Josephine) to her sister Maholt to hide it, and Mr. (Richards) Her husband was there, where he arrived just before the newspaper office, news that came to the railway disaster and found that the name of his friend (Bertlli Mallard) tops the list of the dead were taken some time to see for himself the truth by sending a telegram again and the man decided to act before any hurry to less than a friend and a sense of order to deliver the message of sorrow. Had not heard the news like a lot of women who Samanh they are unable to accept quite significant, did not restrain themselves, and threw themselves are collapsing, the arms of her sister's drowning in tears, and recedes when the storm of grief and sorrow I went alone to her room she did not want to catch up by anyone.
Threw herself on a chair and a large comfortable armchair was the subject in the face of the open window, fatigue dominated on her body and seemed to be up to its spirit. That she could now see the treetops, a shake dancer in hilarious new life spring and in the space off the open house, the air perfumed refreshing rain Boaddiq Beachcomber calls on his goods in the street. Sound far-sing by someone shaking hands with her ears are not clear, peep the collection of birds coming in above the surface, overcast skies and through the accumulated chicken embracing clouds loom pieces of blue sky appear here and there on the west side opposite the window was assigned to head back on the seat cushion quietly and without any movement, but she felt Bcehgp filled her throat was dry, shaken as it does the child who cries himself to sleep and continue to be covered in a deep sleep.
It has the face of a young Bob, beautiful sleep Ksmath to suppress and strength but surely in her eyes now look bleak through Thadigaha way towards one of those small pieces of blue sky, its looks were not those of reflection as a patchwork refers to the idea of acquiring insight into them. There is something coming to them, and was waiting for him with fear, what is this thing? Were not aware. Report of confusion and ambiguity to the extent that it can not be described but felt it creeping up from the sky and arrive through the smells and sounds and colors that fill the air. Chest goes up and down now in trouble is clear. Began to recognize that feeling which is almost controlled, and is making every effort to resist its will is not capable, like her frail white Rashiqtin. When freed from that sense, the hiss of homeless Almnfaragp lips. Been saying time and again under the pressure of breath: - (free, free, free),. Left eye looks now free as well as the look of panic that followed and replaced by the insights and brilliant leaders ... and her heart began to fail rapidly, while fast-moving blood Odvot every part of her body.
Did not stop to question whether what it feels like just a fun silly temporarily controlled by the power of recognition and clear-Semitism prevented them from consideration to that feeling like something insignificant. She knew she would cry again when you see those hands have Alrgiqtin Allatiftin Toihama death, and his face, Amer always love has become a static gray color, Nevertheless, the sealing after that bitter moment, a glimmer of a long parade of years, which will become the property that will certainly have. And opened her arms in joy to welcome them. There are no lives for the coming years, will live for itself, there would not be effective will be oriented to the perseverance of those blind men, where it is believed that all women have the right to impose its will on a partner for life, and seemed to them at the moment of Identification that the ends well were equally or bad act does not make the least crime in its consideration. She loved her husband sometimes, and often were not, and what does it matter?
What can be considered (love) that myth to obscure the full possession of myself, and discovered when suddenly surprised by a strong sense of their existence. (Free, body and spirit in freedom), and continued to whisper. Was (Josephine) kneeling in front of the door of the room, taking her lips on the hole in the door begging permission to enter .. - Louise, then open the door, I beg you .... you are so Tdharin yourself, I appeal to God blowing. Vojaptha, saying: -- - Inasrvi Aodhar for myself, I never. She felt like she inhaled the Elixir of life through that open window and dreams find their way on aimlessly, speeding towards her days coming ... Day of spring ... The days of summer ... and all sorts of days that will belong to her alone, and whispered calls on God to extend the lifetime, since just yesterday, a shift in the length of life and worry about it.
Finally I got up, opened the door to the pleas of her sister, fear in her eyes feverish, and carried itself without the awareness and hold B_khasr sister and they got together peace, he (Richards) in the bottom of the waiting At the same time there was someone opens the front gate Palmzlaj. It (the prenatally Mallard) , which entered the house and by some travel and raised his hand bag and umbrella. Was far from the scene did not know anything about what happened. And stop at the Agape Cry (Josvinn) strong and at the movement (Richards) Quick, who wanted to hide from the eyes of his wife, however, (Richards) is long overdue. And when the doctors reported that Ms. (Mallard) died of a heart attack of joy killer.
The theme of a literary work is what - that impression, that light, or lesson - what a great line in the work emerges. This theme is explicitly mentioned and propagated, and then falls like a message. But in modern literature (the last centuries), the theme is often implied. The empathetic reader can only become clear as he works actively interprets, And a message is often not the case. However, the literary work of art a "face": it helps or not a conscious standpoint.
Literary terms are often used in a variety of purposes. This may be confused and the confusion between the concepts theme and motif is common. This article distinguishes between the two.
A motif is an element of data that recurring. It can be both in a given work repeatedly present: in the evening silence you hear the fishermen in the dark distant singing on the beach, and whenever motif in a book returns, the suggestion, for example, avond rust and melancholy .
If a motive is not so much a work in repeats, but in many literary works, is an identifiable characteristic of a whole category of literature, it is also called a topos mentioned. There are known examples: a work that illustrates the human transience, can thus become an exponent of the "remember to die" motif (memento mori): Faust sells his soul to the devil, but death catches up with him. A counterpart is "seize the day" motif (carpe diem). A modern example: "man is lonely."
A theme is more specific to a particular work-related, but just in general terms, therefore, less easy to catch. Tolstoy War and Peace has apparently transience, the old, to issues, but that issue is more complex, the passage of time gives hope at the same time, shows the progress of the life see.
There is therefore an agreement between theme and motif: the example given of aging permeates the book, but it is not as strong and distinctive presence as a separate data, the motive (for example, the fishermen singing) is.
There is also an agreement with the topos in the sense that the old in several literary works is discussed, but the special effects here, the background of the passage of time makes the theme a unique developed feature of book. The theme is inseparable from work.
In "The Story of an Hour" the main theme is Repression of women in a male-dominated society. Society in late-19th Century expected women to keep house, cook, bear and rear children-but little more. Despite efforts of women's-rights activists such as Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, women still had not received the right to vote in national elections by the century's end. Moreover, employers generally discriminated against women by hiring them for menial jobs only and paying them less than men for the same work. The Story of an Hour hints that Mrs. Mallard's husband-perhaps a typical husband of his day-dominated his wife.
Characterization in literature is the process of creating characters whose internal and external features usually differ from those of author. Thanks writer may result in such a narrative from the perspective of the child, the person of the opposite sex, a representative of a different race or culture, or any form, which differs from the creator of appearance and personality.
With well-performed characterization literary form gives the impression of complete and complex (though the features and views of the author may be completely different), which leads to increased realism of the work. For example, according to F.R. Leavisa, Leo Tolstoy was the creator of the most complex and psychologically credible literary characters.
Characterization may include various characteristics such as appearance, age, sex, education level, profession or occupation, financial status, marital status, hobbies, religious views, ambitions, motivations, etc. Usually, these characteristics are not presented to the reader as a direct description, but they result from acts gradually and language form.
In the literature fanowskiej (fan fiction), A full characterization is usually unnecessary, because the author describes as familiar to the reader. Exceptions are cases where the action takes place in an alternate reality where even the personality of a famous character may change.
On the following pages, you will read about a character by the name of Louise. She was married at a time when marriage was not about mutual love. When she hears of her husbands' death, she feels sorrow but is overcome with feelings of joy. Louise has found a freedom that she had forgotten she had. Louise is so excited to live her new life until tragedy happens again. I believe that Louise is a likeable character because she brings so much depth into the story. She takes us on a roller coaster of emotions. At first, you cannot help but pity her and then all of a sudden you wish you could feel like she does. I found Louise to be an example of a strong, honest, and open-minded women, I anticipate you will also.
The reader's first impression is that Louise's heart condition," Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death"(Chopin 573), makes her a physically weak character. This made me feel sympathy for Louise. In addition, we know she is fragile when we are told, "great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death"(Chopin 573).
In my opinion, Louise's marriage was bringing her down and making her character feel old. Again, I feel sympathy for Louise due to the struggles she had with herself and her marriage. Chopin portrays Louise as a prisoner of her husband. This was not strange at the time Chopin was writing the story. Marriages were not always about being devoted to your spouse. We see this when Louise thinks "There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature"(Chopin 574). It was as if neither women, nor men had their own personal freedom.
At first Chopin has the readers thinking that Louise is an old character, but when we continue reading, Chopin tells us differently: "She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength"(Chopin 574). Now the widow sees all her possibilities at a new life and her youth is beaming through her. Chopin tells us in the quote that Louise's awareness of new possibilities is giving her strength. I got the sense that Chopin writes from a feminist point of view and so she wants her readers to understand that the death of Louise's husband was a burden off her shoulders. Who would really want to be in a marriage with someone they did not love?
Another thing that is positive is the fact that she is open to new things and gaining new freedom. When Louise goes upstairs after she has heard the news, she sees "the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair" (Chopin 574). I found this being symbolic of how Louise was going to live her life now that her husband is gone. Her character is going to be open to new things, comfortable with herself and her life. She has the room to live and be herself instead of living under rule of a man.
I felt like the references to the "new spring life"(Chopin 574), "delicious breath of rain"(Chopin 574), "patches of blue sky"(Chopin 574), signify her freedom. Louise is being shown infinite opportunities to become a new person. She saw all these things as if for the first time. This tells me that her marriage kept her in the dark about life, and now she is becoming this open person with no limits. All this brings you to see Louise as a stronger character. She is showing no fear.
Louise's character gets more optimistic as the story continues. Louise decides to be honest and live for herself. We hear Louise whispering "Free! Body and soul free!"(Chopin 575). She feels a "monstrous joy"(Chopin 574), and after realizing she will weep again, "she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome"(Chopin 573). This proves to me that Louise is an astonishing woman. She does not hide how she truly feels. She lets the experience take over her body and accepts them with gratitude. I am sure society did not view Louise's character as I do, but things have changed dramatically in the years. Then society would have expected Louise to mourn her husband and cherish her marriage forever. Instead, she chooses to cherish her freedom. If Louise lived in the 21st century, society would accept her as an independent women where women and men are treated somewhat equal.
A different feature of positive ness is that Louise has a conscious. We see Louise questioning her feelings, "And yet she had loved him- sometimes. Often she had not"(Chopin 574). The story is written at a time when love was not a crucial part of marriage. I say this because in the following quote Chopin makes it seem like love is a weak emotion compared to what Louise is feeling now. "What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being"(Chopin 574).
An additional aspect that makes Louise a likeable character is her sincerity and unselfishness. Unlike me, many think Louise is a selfish character for feeling such pleasure "Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own" (Chopin 575). However, it is not as though she never feels guilt or sorrow. For instance, "She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will-"(Chopin 574). This shows that when Louise starts to be aware of her happiness, she knows its wrong and abruptly feels guilt for her feelings. Louise senses this guilt yet again when she first says, "Free, free, free!"(Chopin 574). Chopin immediately tells us "the vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes"(Chopin 574). Chopin lets us know that Louise does have a conscious. At first felt terror but could not resist feeling alive.
Chopin also depicts positive-ness towards the end of the story where Chopin tells us that Louise "carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory"(Chopin 575). He way she describes herself here gave me the impression the she won something (her pride, dignity, self-worth). It makes me think that she must have been unhappy to express such triumph. If anyone was feeling that low and now feels like a goddess, then her feelings are deserved.
Irony is the figure by which implied the opposite of what is said. It arises when, for the context, intonation or body language implied the opposite of what is being said. The intention is generally to have a perspective changes based on actions or effects which moves away from external possibilities. When irony is very aggressive intent, is called sarcasm. In written language, the intention is made explicit with a wry exclamation enclosed parenthesisBy quotesWith a smiley, Etc., Although there is also a sign of irony as such (?) Proposed in the s. Century by the French poet Alcanter of Brahms, yet failed to extend its use until the advent of internet, when I start using instant chat rooms.
Irony is the first of the formulas used by Socrates in his dialectical method. Socrates begins his dialogue always and preliminary educational psychology from the position the speaker hovers dummy (in this case the student) as the scholar in the field. The next step in the dialogue would maieuticsThis is to help get inside the psyche of what the speaker knows but ignores know. This suggests the Socratic method to perform simple questions on the subject in which the subject (student) has been appointed as wise. Then, the answers that the caller gave Socrates were disputed, particularly refuted in order for the student to discover that his "knowledge" was a set of pre-trial and was supplemented and clarified by taking self-consciousness at all possible, the real.
Example of Socratic irony, dialogue The Sophist:
Teodoro. "As agreed yesterday, Socrates, here we are fulfilling our appointment on time, and we bring this stranger, a native of Elea, the sect of Parmenides and Zeno, who is a true philosopher.
Socrates. "Perhaps, dear Theodore, instead of a foreigner bring me some god. Homer tells us that the gods and especially the chairs of the hospitality that have accompanied many times just and virtuous mortals, to come among us to see our sins and our good deeds. Who knows if you have a companion one of these superior beings who have come to examine and refute our weak argument, in short, a kind of god of rebuttal?
Teodoro."No, Socrates, I have no concept that this stranger, is more lenient than those whose job is the challenge. But if I do not see it as a god, I have, at least, by a divine man, because to me all the philosophers are men divine.
Here, Socrates knows who is the host, but the words of Theodore is a true philosopherSocrates would say "we will examine" in order to see who is speaking. The thinker is not guided by opinions.
In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, there are many moments when Chopin's craft of writing feeds the irony of the story. One perfect example, "assure himself of its truth by a second telegram" (772). This sentence subdued me into believing that Mrs. Mallard's husband was dead, when in fact, we learn that he never died. In addition, Mrs. Mallard is a woman with a strong sense of passion and detest. In the end, she dies by the nature of story. Chopin brings a style of writing that has irony. In the beginning of the story, Chopin's introduces you to the heart trouble that afflicts Mrs. Mallard. Her condition is significant later because this ailment drives the story. However, the notion of this heart condition can be overlooked as being meaningless. Many readers could argue that this heart condition foreshadowed the climax of the story instantaneously but it does not. In the end of the story, we realize the significance of her sickness.
It was a clever way to secretly introduce the weakness that ends Mrs. Mallard's life. Another, well deceptive measure used by Chopin's was to suggest that Mr. Mallard had died. In paragraph 2, Mr. Mallard's friend, Richards, confirmed twice that such allegations were in fact true (772). At that moment, I conceived that Mr. Mallard was dead. There was no other clue to believe otherwise and it was one of the strongest signs delivered in the story, because it left you unprepared for what was to come in the end. When Chopin wrote, "She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms", I felt her sense of passion and emotional attachment to her husband (772). Mrs. Mallard also opposed her husband as much as she cared for him. For a women being ill, and just being notified of her husbands death, it's awkward to read how she describes the surroundings while in her room. She describes the tops of trees being, "all aquiver with the new spring life", and the air being filled with, "delicious breath of rain" (772). What all this symbolizes is a new beginning for Mrs. Mallard. At this particular moment in the story, it is a little elusive to make that judgment, however, in paragraph 11 it is very easy to ascertain. When Mrs. Mallard says, "Free, free, free!", it is very clear that Mrs. Mallard has come to an understanding that she's free from her unhappy marriage (772); "But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely.
And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome." (772-773). There is also evidence provided in the text that tells us Mrs. Mallard was living a Victorian life giving me a reason to understand why she did not remorse like I would expect. "There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence." (773). In the Victorian era, women were seen as weak, helpless and incapable of making decision. Their focus was to tend to the house and care for the children. Mrs. Mallard was living that lifestyle which was the cause of her negative outlook on life and her joy for her husband's death. Sadly, Mrs. Mallard was destined to die. Throughout the story, Mrs. Mallard resentment for life is made clear. "It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long" and "And yet she had loved him-sometimes. Often she had not." (773). All of this attest to the conclusion that Mrs. Mallard dreaded her life. She did not love her husband and she look down on the possibility of a long life.
It all movies the bad guy never comes out victorious and Chopin's was not going to let that happen in this story. Mrs. Mallard's death only made sense. What is amusing about this story is what is stated in the last line of the story, "When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease-of joy that kills" (773). Mrs. Mallard, who was joyful of being liberated, has a heart attack after the shocking realization that her husband was alive. Mrs. Mallard's death was inevitable by the course of the story but its ironic knowing that her enjoyment of her husband's death lead to the fatal reaction to him being alive.
Symbolism was one of the art movements major late XIX centuryOriginated in France and Belgium. In a manifest literature, published in 1886, Jean Moréas defined this new style as "enemy of education, recitation, the sensitivity and false factual description'. The movement has its origins in The Flowers of Evil, Emblem book Charles Baudelaire. The writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Whom Baudelaire greatly appreciated, were also a big influence in the movement, giving most images and literary figures I would use. The aesthetics Symbolism was developed by Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine in the 1870s. Since 1880, the movement had attracted a generation of young writers tired of realistic movements. Was defined at the time as a dark and enigmatic movement due to excessive use of metaphors that sought to evoke hidden affinities through synesthesia.
Symbolist poetry seeks to clothe the idea in a sensitive way, has intentions metaphysicalAlso try to use the language of literature as an instrument cognitive, Which is so steeped in mystery and mysticism. In style, based their efforts on finding a perfect musicality in their rhymes, Leaving the beautiful background verse. Trying to find what Charles Baudelaire called the theory of "Correlation"The secret affinity between sensible world and the spiritual world. This cosmetic use certain mechanisms, such as synesthesia.
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin represents a negative view of marriage by presenting the reader with a woman who is clearly overjoyed that her husband has died. This is expressed through the language in by Kate Chopin used to describe Louise's emotions as she oscillates between numbness and extreme joy at her newfound freedom. The narrator of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin relates what she observes in simple prose, but when her emotions are described, the words are vibrant and powerful. 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. The world outside of her own bedroom is only minimally described, but the world inside of her mind is lively and well described by the narrator. The window outside of her room is alive and vibrant like her mind, while everything about her physically is cloistered.
While the mere use of certain words is indicative of this inner-world of detail and life, there are also several instances of ironic or playful uses of certain phrases or images to convey Louise's happiness in "The Story of an Hour" and the ultimate message that marriage is constraining. In many ways, the fact that she dies at the end of simple "heart disease" (which the doctors think cam about as a result of her joy of seeing her husband) is symbolic of the "disease" of marriage. Much like an affliction, she cannot feel free unless the agent, her husband, is no longer present. The fact that it affects her heart as opposed to any other portion of her body shows that her misery from this symbolic disease stems from something inside of her, not anything external. For instance, in one of the important quotes , it is clear that her husband loved her when his face is described as "the face that had never looked save with love upon her." Her own feelings of love in return are also minimally described and it is clear that she does not share his sentiments.
The narrator relates in one of the quotes from "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, "And yet she loved him-sometimes. Often she did not." This kind if simple and direct language is used only to describe the things Louise is not emotional about, thus the bare language would indicate-just as much as the actual words themselves do-that she did not have any strong feelings for her husband. As the thesis statement for this essay on "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin makes clear, the language constructs the reader's understanding of her character. When Louise's emotions are described regarding something she is thrilled about, the language becomes lively and rich with color and vibrant images. This stands in sharp contrast to the sections in which she seems indifferent or emotionally unattached. For instance, in the above citation which begins with the very simple statement in one of the quotes from "Story of an Hour", "And yet she loved him-sometimes. Often she did not" which demonstrates emotional passivity, but as the short paragraph continues and her true emotions come to the forefront, the language comes alive along with her character.
The clipped line above is followed by, "What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!" It is important to notice not only the language comes to life with the use of words like "mystery," "possession," and "impulse" but the very phrasing changing. The initial emotions portrayed in these quotes from "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin in which she was passive about are short tidy sentences, but as soon as she begins to feel an emotion, the sentences expand and the whole of one massive thought about "her being" becomes one very long sentence to stand in contrast to the previous one. This happens again a few paragraphs before this instance when she is speaking in one of the quotes about the strain and crippling "disease" of marriage. When her emotions become overwhelming, so do the sentences and language. "There would be no one to live for in those coming years; she would live for herself" begins the paragraph.
There are no lively words, just a matter of fact, unemotional statement without the slightest hint of sadness. In fact, almost as though she suddenly realizes again that she doesn't need to be sad-that marriage is an unhappy institution for her, she comes to life again through language and sentence structure as seen in a meaningful passage from "Story of an Hour" such as, "There will be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature." Phrases such as "powerful will" and "blind persistence" are much more descriptive and full of energy than any she uses to describe the fact that she had no one to live for. Also, this seems to escape in one breath, as one long rant, only to lead back into the clipped sentence of "And yet she loved him-sometimes" which makes the reader keenly aware of the contrasts in numbness and almost manic emotion. In terms of language and her emotions, it is interesting that Louise's feelings are described as a "monstrous joy" since this matches her feelings and well-described strong emotions.
There go from calm and passive to wild and uninhibited and the only way the reader can discern what means the most to her is by these passages describing this joy that is monstrous not only because it overwhelms her, but because she knows that she shouldn't feel the way she does about her husband's death-that the world of the dull reality would consider her reaction "monstrous" in itself. Again, there is a disconnect between the outer world and her introverted self. While her emotions are described as monstrous, she is described from the outside quite differently since she is "young with a fair, calm face" and has "two white slender hands." Both of these cues would lead the reader to believe that she is a perfect gentlewoman, composed and serene, while inside her thoughts move with "sudden, wild abandonment." Through contrasting language and sentence structures to reveal the emotions of Louise, the reader is able to enter her wild mind just as easily if her every thought was described in an itemized list. The reader is forced to ignore the outside world, mostly because its description offers nothing remarkable, and focus on her inner-life, which depicts a sad portrait of marriage, indeed.