Story Of An Hour
In reading ?The Story of an Hour? by Kate Chopin, I found that there was very much symbolism in the selection, and that a closer look must be taken in order to see the true meaning of the story.
The first sentence of the story ?knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husbands death.? The first thing we are told about the main character is that she has a bad heart. It seems that people would see Mrs. Mallard as a weak and fragile woman. I personally got an image of an old lady, which I later figured she wasn?t that old. Her heart condition could show that she has had a hard life, and has an old soul.
When she first heard the bad news, ?she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment..? Her reaction shows that she is a touchy person, a lot more then I would have thought. Yet while other wives could not accept the fact that their husbands were dead, she took to it immediately and began the whole ?grieving? process
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