The Story of an Hour

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In the story, The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, the theme of the story is the strength that someone else's death can even lead to someone else's death just by finding out. A theme of this story is language. In the beginning of the story, the narrator tells us that Mrs.Mallard has a weak heart so any hard news has to be let upon her in the easiest manner possible. Mrs.Mallard's husband died in a railroad accident according to the news that his friend heard. Another important theme is time. If Brently's friend waited an hour longer, he would have known that Mr.Mallard was still alive and wouldn't have led to the death of Mrs.Mallard. Also, this book was written during the time period where freedom was wanted by many. After finding out her husband was dead, she believed she was free, that she was an independent woman. But at the end of the story, Mr.Mallard walked through the door, and Mrs.Mallard collpased and died from "the joy that kills".

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Conflict
  • The main character of this short story is Louise Mallard. She is the protagonist, The other characters first priority is taking care of her, to make sure she gets through the news without dying herself. Brently Mallard is the husband of Louise Mallard and is said to be dead in the railroad accident. Josephine is the sister of Louise and broke the news to Mrs.Mallard as easily as possible - "broken sentences". Richards is a friend of the husband, he's the one who finds out that Mr.Mallard is dead. This story takes place in an hour's time span of a woman's life during the late nineteenth century. In the beginning of the story, the author tells us that Mrs.Mallard has heart trouble.
  • Climax
  • As the story moves on, more characters are introduced, also the plot intensifies. Figures like Josephine are introduced. Furthermore, a friend of Mr. Brently Mallard is introduced. In which he reveals that Mr. Mallard has been killed in a railroad massacre. This adds to the rising action of the plot. The emotions of the reader is touched, by adding death, it connects the reader to the plot, and urges the reader to read on. This is how the emotions of the reader is touched.
  • Falling Action
  • Basically, the event of Mr. Mallard’s death, it has come to show that Mrs. Mallard is affected both internally and externally. She is conflicted with her thoughts, man vs. self, and she is conflicted with society, man vs. nature. The death of her husband put her in a maze of confusion, if she is happy that her husband died, because now she can live independently, and not only have to fulfill her husband’s desires. However, society in that time period will never accept that independence while they are still living souls. These are the altercations and conflicts she is having with society and herself.
  • Resolution
  • After, long thoughts of grieving and independence, Mrs. Mallard came to realize and conclude that she is a free to be her own woman. Truly, she is till lost, and still has thoughts of loving her husband. Suddenly, when Josephine and Mrs. Mallard go down the steps, Mr. Mallard walks in the door. Mrs. Mallard is surprised by this, and the suspense begins. This whole event is surprising because all the characters were confirmed of Mallard’s death. It is quite surprising to see that.
  • After, the sudden appearance of the husband, Mrs. Mallard collapses on the ground. She couldn’t take it, her thoughts go to her, and her heart weakened even more. Causing her to die. Each of the characters were shocked and confused, they handled the situation by coming to the conclusion that her freedom was never meant to be. Then they all sorrowed her death.
  • After her death, the doctor confirmed she died from a heart disease as stated in the exposition. The main protagonists concluded by thinking it was the sudden burst of joy that killed her. This also resolves the conflict. The conflict was resolved by ironic twist. By killing the wife it solved her conflicts, now she can truly be free. The message is that, freedom is earned, not taken for granted.
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