Summary of Story of an Hour Essay Audience Analaysis I am writing this paper to be reviewed by my fellow peers and my English 111 Instructor. The paper would not be very interesting if read by anyone that has not read â€œThe Story of an Hour. â€™ The audience that I am targeting is for those that would like to know the purpose of the short story, â€œ The Story of an Hourâ€, written by Kate Chopin. I believe the story to not be intended for s specific age or gender, but I would have to say that women would be more prone to understanding and sympathizing with the story. I expect the reader to understand the story deals with the proâ€™s and cons of marriage. I was able to understand the story due to my experiences in marriage, the up and downs that go along with it. I can relate to the feeling of relief when something that is not making you happy suddenly disappears, how extremely happy you can be, but when the good news turns in to being devastating news, how it can turn your world upside down, that it could cause you to have health problems. The Story of an Hour Author Kate Chopin, grabs her audienceâ€™s attention in this short story by introducing the main character, Mrs. Mallard; a woman with â€œheart trouble. (Chopin 527) who must be gently told the news of her husbandâ€™s untimely death in a railroad accident. The opening marks a sad scene with Josephine, her sister breaking the difficulty news to her in â€œbroken sentences. â€ (Chopin 527) Mrs. Mallardâ€™s reaction, â€œwept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment in her sisters armsâ€ (Chopin 527) may be unlike most wives reaction to horrifying, unexpected news. Seemingly grief stricken, Mrs. Mallard retreats to her room in solitude. She drops her heavy body into a comfortable chair contemplating her feelings of the past, present, and future. Mrs. Mallard struggles with mostly internal conflicts with regards to her true feelings of the recent death of Brently her husband. One example, being when she repeatedly whispers from her lips â€œFree! Body and soul Free! â€ (Chopin 528) Her sister begs her to come out of the room â€œLouise, open the door! I beg; open the doorâ€”you will make yourself ill. â€ (Chopin 528) She orders her to go away but within a good length of time reveals her strong self and accept Josephineâ€™s comfort. Suddenly, a man comes through the front door. It is her husband, Brently, alive and well. To everyoneâ€™s surprise it was, and especially to his wife. She dies there of what the doctors say was â€œheart diseaseâ€”a joy that kills. â€ (Chopin 529) Once Mrs. Mallard hears of her spouse death, her behavior and internal feelings may or may not be questionable to the reader. I believe Chopin wants us to see the main characterâ€™s internal emotional struggle. This keeps us wanting to know more about what life was like with Brently Mallard. Was she really sorrowful about his death? â€œAnd yet she had loved himâ€”sometimes. â€ (Chopin 528) Was she truly a happy person, heart and soul? She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines be spoke repression and even a certain strength. â€ (Chopin 527) t times she is overcome by a mixture of emotions such as sadness, quiet, and yes even joy. â€œShe did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that held her. â€ (Chopin 528) Mrs. Mallard finally settles in the belief and thought of being on her own now. â€œShe would live for herself. â€ (Chopin 528) After reading â€œThe Story of an Hourâ€™, I realize that the man character is a lonely woman when it comes to her emotions. The whole story reminds me of what a woman goes through when she is controlled by her spouse. Mrs. Mallard doesnâ€™t even have a first name in the story, only her descriptive emotions that she holds deep inside. Through out this story the author uses symbolism. For example, â€œthere were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds. â€ (Chopin 527) I think the clouds represent disparity and the blue parts of the sky meant hope for her. The big open window is her lifeâ€™s picture window! She sees â€œnew spring lifeâ€ (Chopin 527) and takes in a â€œdelicious breath of rain.
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