Louise's heart trouble and the open window from which she gazes are examples of symbolism in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. Symbolism in the story is used to illustrate Louise's lack of freedom and desire for independence.Know More
In "The Story of an Hour," the main character, Louise, suffers from heart trouble. Louise's heart trouble is representative of her mixed feelings about her marriage and the lack of freedom it causes her. When Louise believes that her husband is dead, her heart begins to beat strongly and she embraces the idea of finally being free from her marriage. When her husband turns out to be alive, the shock of it kills her. His return marks the loss of freedom and joy.
After Louise receives the news that her husband has died, she stares through an open window and contemplates her life without marriage. The signs of spring she witnesses through the window are symbolic of her freedom and the endless possibilities for a happy life. When she turns from the window and sees her newly returned husband whom she thought was dead, all of her possibilities fade. All signs of life that are found within the story are outside of the home. The home is symbolic of a prison. Even the front door of the home is locked with a key that only her husband has.Learn more about Fiction
The climax of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” is Mrs. Mallard’s realization that she is free to be her own woman. Having just received news of her husband’s death, she spends an hour in contemplation of the possible, not grieving as one would expect. Known to have heart trouble, however, Mrs. Mallard dies suddenly when her husband, clearly still alive, lets himself in the front door.Full Answer >
An example of situational irony in "The Story of an Hour" is when Louise Mallard discovers that her husband, Brently Mallard, is still alive. The fact that Mrs. Mallard dies of heart failure after learning that her husband is still alive is also an example of situational irony.Full Answer >
Kate Chopin's short story, "Ripe Figs," contrasts the two characters, young Babette and her elder godmother, Maman-Nainaine, using the ripening of figs as a device to mask the underlying character contrast. Babette is told that she can visit her cousins when the figs on the tree ripen. The story follows the ripening process from "little hard, green marbles" to plump purple figs.Full Answer >
Kate Chopin adopted numerous writing styles. Her writing is influenced by her Irish and French heritage in addition to a Creole influence from time spent living in Louisiana. Chopin is a notable feminist author of the 20th century.Full Answer >