The Story of an Hour In the story, The Story of an Hour, the author portrays a story with both many internal and external conflicts. During the 1890’s women were fighting for their rights in all ways. This was a time where women were tired of men over powering them and letting them own them almost like property. During this story you see an overview of the matter and how the main character, Mrs. Mallard, goes through stages of emotions from the death of her husband. Mrs. Mallard comes through many internal and external conflicts throughout the beginning, middle and end of the story. At the beginning of the story Mrs. Mallard learns of startling news that her husband has passed away. This becomes the external conflict because she must act like she is devastated for her husband’s death but secretly does not feel this way. We also learn of her heart troubles, this shows us the internal conflict because her sister had to break it to her slowly and gently of the news of her husband’s death. The audience waits to see if she will live through it because she became so depressed and almost too heart broken it seemed to bear to live on. The story soon changes when her family leaves and she is alone to think truly of her husband’s death. When her family is gone and only she remains, Mrs. Mallard soon thinks of all her emotions and how she truly feels. She does not know how to feel about her emotions of her husband’s death and this becomes one of her major internal conflicts. She is sad and curled up like a child but as the she thinks about everything she soon becomes lifted up in spirit and can not believe how she feels so, “Free, free, free!” On the other hand she also does not know how to express herself with these feelings and this becomes and external conflict with all of her different emotions mixing in. She than overcomes this though when she feels free and, “But she saw beyond the biter 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.” Towards the end of the story Mrs. Mallard comes by one more internal
following short stories The Story of an Hour, The Necklace, and Country Lovers, along with scholarly articles based on gender role and marriage. Evaluation of these literary works shows quite clearly that social and economic class affects choice in marriage.
Gardiner’s County Lovers presents its fairly clear theme right from the beginning of the story. Yes, there is a theme of race, but if you look even deeper you can see the underlying idea of marriage and…
Time to Break Free!
Spirits are high for freedom and low for love nowadays don’t you think? Have you read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, or maybe even “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber? Throughout these stories you hear about two very different people with the same goal: freedom. James Thurber and Kate Chopin express the passionate want for freedom in their literary works, though these characters are different, they still express the same spirit for freedom. It’s time…
1. What is the relationship between Vanessa and Piquette, and how does this relationship change?
Vanessa's feelings towards Piquette change from discomfort to curiosity to embarrassment.
2. How are the Metis represented in the story?
“if that half-breed youngster comes along to Diamond Lake, I'm not going” (188)
Vanessa's images of Natives are drawn solely from literature, and these representations are only superficially positive. When Piquette doesn't reveal nature's secrets…