The Story Of An Hour By Kate

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?The Story Of An Hour? By Kate Chopin Essay, Research Paper “ The Story of an Hour “ by Kate Chopin is about a young woman with a serious heart condition that finds out her husband is killed. She reacts very different to the news then a wife would react to their husband’s death. She loves her husband but is not happy with her life. After the tragic news, she envisions her life as being fuller. She sees the severity of her heart condition, but prays that she will now live longer. This story is more about her realization of her existence and her beginning to cope with her dieing rather than being completely about her husband dieing. When her friends and family tell Mrs. Mallard of the tragic news they try to tell her as gently as possible because they know she has a very

serious heart condition. She hears that her husband has been killed, but reacts in a strange and unusual way. She does not give herself time to think upon the subject, but immediately starts sobbing because that was the reaction she thought she should give. She is grieving, but is over come with an immense sadness. Chopin writes; “ she did not hear the story as many women have heard the same…she wept at once” (paragraph 3). This was not a reaction of just emotions, but also of how she thought she should react in front of her family and friends. After locking her self in the solitude of her bedroom she begins to recognize things that one would not think of after a loved one just passed away. “ She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were

all aquiver with the new spring life (paragraph 5).“ This is the point at witch she begins to deal with the grieving process, but also starts to realize the beauty of life. She begins to see that there is so much more to live for. “ She sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body “(paragraph 4). She tries to sooth her hurt and pain for she can see the toll it is taking on her heart. She can feel her heart starting to fail her, but she starts to envision her life as being better. The fact that her life can be taken away at any second (just as her husbands was) is making her want to life her life to the fullest. “ There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing her

window” (paragraph 6).” The clouds piled on top of each other represent her heart problem, her husband’s death, and the other bad things that have bombarded her at once. The patches of blue sky represent the hope of her new and better life that she wants to begin, the hope that things can get better. “ She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long. (Paragraph 19) “ Death was coming to get her, but she was trying to beat it away. “ There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it fearfully. She felt it, creeping out of the sky. (Paragraph 9).” This shows that she could feel herself weakening and beginning to die but she wished for her life strongly and she feared her

death. “ Her bosom rose and fell tumultuously” (paragraph 10), she is starting to become very worried. She can feel death reaching out his arms to take her. She is trying to beat away death, but she is no power compared to the strength of God. “ She was striving to beat it back with her will- as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been” (paragraph 10). She starts to feel that she will be free if she dies. That she will be free of pain and in a better place than she was before. The terror of death that she feared before is fading and she is starting to feel the pleasant warmth of death. “ Free, free, free, the vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright…the coursing blood warmed and relaxed