Story Of An Hour Descriptive Language Essay

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In “The Story of an Hour” author Kate Chopin tells a story of a woman, Mrs. Mallard, who learns of her husband’s death from a railroad disaster. When Mrs. Mallard discovers this, her reaction is not what you would expect from what should be, a grieving wife. She feels autonomy, instead of grief stricken and despondence. At the end of the story, Mrs. Louise Mallard finds that her husband Bradley was not killed in the accident, the author leads the reader to believe that Mrs. Mallard dies from the disappointment of seeing her husband return home. Chopin uses descriptive language throughout the story to describe the bleak view Mrs. Louise Mallard has on her marriage and her husband’s death, to the feelings of exultation on her newly found freedom.
When Mrs. Mallard hears of her husbands passing the author writes she “did not hear the story as many women have heard
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Mallard now recognizes her freedom. Suddenly her heart starts to beat faster and “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" (Paragraph 10) Louise at that point realizes she is no longer Mrs. Mallard. “Louise's first name only after Louise accepts her "new consciousness" of freedom; before that, Louise is "Mrs. Mallard.” (M. Cunningham) Louise is now free from her marriage and being Mrs. Mallard, a name that brings such negative connotation. Furthermore, she now has her own identity back. Louise has many thoughts of what she will do as a newly independent woman and welcomes these thoughts with open arms. “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.” (Paragraph 17) Louise now hopes that she will be able to live a long and fulfilled life. “It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.” (Paragraph 17) She will no longer be the dejected housewife she once was, with her new