The Story of an Hour

The Story of an Hour
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I try to represent "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin in these three panels. In the first panel I try to show that the main character Mrs. Mallard, who believes her husband has just died, is realizing the potential her future now holds. She is realizing the oppression she has been under with the constraints of marriage and the views of her repressive society. Now that she isn't tied with the constraints of marriage she realizes her future can be focused on herself instead of her husband. Her sister josephine and friend Richard dont understand what she is doing locked in the room and assume she is distraught about the death of her husband. They think this because of the preconceived notions of how a woman is supposed to act in this repressive society causing the characters to have wrongful perceptions of Mrs. Mallard. Then when she comes out of the room in panel 2 she is carrying herself unlike a woman who is morning but as a "goddess of Victory". Her leaving the room though is representative of her leaving dreams and future behind similar to her leaving the room and unknown to her but never to enter that room again. Then as shes walking down the stairs a completely new woman after undergoing the transformation in the room sees her previously thought dead husband. At this she collapses in panel 3 and when the doctors come they just as the sister and friend of Mrs. mallard has a wrongful perception that she died of joy seeing her thought to be dead husband alive. However she truly died because seeing her husband alive had completely closed off the new possibilities of her future she had just seen when she was in the room in panel 1.

Storyboard Text

  • What does this mean? I can live the rest of my life for myself! "Free! Body and soul free!" (pg 2) 
  • She must be so upset! we have to get her out of the room to calm her down.
  • "There was a feverish triumph in her eyes,and she carried herself...like a goddess of Victory...Someone was opining the front door... It was Brently Mallard" who didn't even know there had been an accident as "he had been far from the scene"  Richard tried to cover him from the view of his wife but was too late.
  • The doctor came in but said...
  • "She [has] died of heart disease - Of joy that kills"
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