The Story of an Hour

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Mrs. Mallard's story takes place in 1894. During this time women were not equal to men. Society thought women should be at home cooking and cleaning rather than going out and being doctors or lawyers. When Mrs. Mallard hears the news of her husband's death she is upset at first but then begins to realize she is now free. She can now do whatever she wants. She can live for herself and not for someone else. When Mr. Mallard walks through the door Mrs. Mallard dies. The doctors think it is from the joy that she got when she saw her husband alive, but it was not. In fact, her heart broke when she saw him because all of her thoughts of being free were now taken away.

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Brently is dead!
  • Conflict
  • Mrs. Mallard lived in a quiet home with her husband in 1894. Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble. So when the news had turn up that her husband had died, they knew they must carefully tell her this news.
  • Climax
  • Free, Free, Free!
  • It was her sister who told her. A friend of her husbands was there as well. Upon hearing the news Mrs. Mallard was struck with grief and began to weep.
  • Falling Action
  • Mrs. Mallard went alone to her room. She sank into a chair and stared out the window. She looked at the sights of the town through the window and suddenly a feeling began to arise in her. She had never felt this feeling before.
  • Resolution
  • The feeling was freedom. Suddenly she was overwhelmed with joy. She could now do whatever and be whoever she wanted. At the door her sister begged for her to come out.
  • When Mrs. Mallard came back downstairs the front door began to open. In walked Mr. Mallard, her husband, alive and well.
  • Mrs. Mallard let out a cry and fell to the floor. When the doctors came they said she died of heart disease - the joy that kills.
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