Haoua Gafoure Sidibe
Professor Camisha Williams-Ferguson
Rhetorical analysis of The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin’s ‘’The Story of an Hour’’ first appeared on April 19 1894. It is a short story in witch Chopin represents the negative view of marriage and shows us the times when women were prisoners of their husband. Through various mode of expression, the author effectively detailed the reaction of a woman toward the death of her husband.
Chopin begins her essay by the way the news of the death of Mr. Mallard should be announced to his wife who was plagued with a heart problem. It is the sister of Mrs. Mallard; Josephine assisted by Richard a friend of the ...view middle of the document...
The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares’’(paragraph 3). By this the author compared the outside and inside life of Louis. Every thing seems alive, vibrant outside the window of her bedroom like her mind while everything about her physically is secluded. She looks outside to see new life growing and vibrating all across her. This realization of a word outside her window promotes her to the mass of opportunities proposed by the outside world as she is now free, both ‘’body and soul free “I (paragraph 11). In short, the main character, after only a short spell of astonishment above the death of her husband, she looks outside with what appeared to be fresh senses at the life that ambiances her outdoors. She felt rebirth.
After the tragic vanishing of her husband Mrs Mallard felt a sentiment of freedom instead of loneliness and sadness. The author describes the reaction of Mrs. Mallard to the death as a predictable event because she clarifies that ‘There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it…. She did not know what but she felt it’ (paragraph 7). Through this we can see that Louise was expecting that something would happen witch would deliver her from what she was enduring. It finally happened; the moment she was waiting for is now here.
The author used several words to symbolize her feeling. ‘There were patches of blue shy showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the in the west facing her window’ (paragraph 5). The patches of blue sky symbolize her freedom. Chopin states that ‘She knew that she will would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death’ (paragraph 13), in this way Chopin illustrates that Mrs Mallard is not a cruel person she will cry to the funeral of her husband because, after all they had been married consequently something grew between them witch will miss. ‘She had loved him sometimes ‘’ (paragraph 15). But this was just a little part of her new life, her new opportunity of freedom. Chopin also makes reference to Mrs Mallard sensation of freedom in the following sentence ‘She said over and over again under her breath: ‘free, free, free!’ (Paragraph 11).
Midway through the essay the author claims that ‘There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself ‘ (paragraph 14). Here we can see that Mrs Millard, few minutes after she lost her husband start to see herself in the future. She would not have to would not have to reply to her husband anymore, she would just live for herself, she would be the woman she had always be without worrying about the reaction of her husband. Every thing will be for herself and about herself. She would be able...