The Story of an Hour

The Story of an Hour

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Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Conflict
  • Richard, a friend of Mr. Mallard came to the Mallard residence to break the news of Mr. Mallards death to his family. He broke the news to Mrs. Mallards sister Josephine. Mrs. Mallard suffered with heart trouble so Josephine had to figure out a way to break the news to her sister gently so her heart wouldn't break.
  • Climax
  • free, free, free!
  • Free! Body and soul free!
  • Josephine broke the news to Mrs. Mallard in broken sentences that Mr. Mallard has been killed in a railroad disaster. When Mrs. Mallard heard the news she felt paralyzed and could not accept this reality. She suddenly wept wildly in her sisters arms.
  • Falling Action
  • Mrs. Mallard goes up to her room where she can grieve alone. She slumped down in an armchair facing an open window. The physical exhaustion that haunted her body now seemed to reach into her soul. There was a dull stare in her eyes as she stared out the window. She felt a feeling creeping toward her and she waited for it fearfully.
  • Resolution
  • She got up from the chair that she was sitting in. The feelings inside of her grew stronger by the moment and although she tried to fight it off, she failed. It is the irony that she is suddenly free to live her life for herself. That death has brought her life and while she will weep when she sees his colorless cheeks for the last time, she will finally have a future to look forward to.
  • Realizing that it is at this moment where her life will truly begin, she grabbed her sisters waist and walked down the stairs with a sense of triumph. The front door opens revealing Mr. Mallard, unharmed and unaware that an accident even occurred.
  • With one last breath, Mrs. Mallard cries and falls dead on the floor. The doctors believe that she has died from the overwhelming joy that her husband was alive. In reality she had died from realizing that she will never truly be free after all.
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