Essay about The Story of an Hour

Submitted By garystallings
Words: 295
Pages: 2

During reading Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”. There were many points in which I deliberated if Louise actually loved her husband or if she was married to him but very unhappy. During several times in the story, Chopin references Louise as being sad. page 15 “ But now there was a dull stare in her eyes , whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one of those patches of blue sky”. Also, page 15 “She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams”. These two references imply that Louise is actually traumatized and saddened by the information of her husband’s death.

I believe that the reading does show that she was truly in love with her husband. There are references that she was not always in love with her husband does not state that she did not love him at all. Page 16 “ And yet she had loved him- sometimes.” does show that she did love him. At this point in the characters analysis of the information that she had been provided, she was using her coping strategies to keep a positive mind frame.

The story is truly a piece of artwork in which it can be deciphered by different people in many different ways. In my opinion, Louise Mallard loved her husband. She loved him so much that she worked herself up to the point that her sister had to get her from her bedroom. As she arrived back to the main level and…