The Story of an Hour

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Storyboard Description

Mrs. Mallard has found out her husband has died.

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Oh I couldn't bare to tell her all at once!
  • Conflict
  • Well, I will weep at his funeral...
  • Rising Action
  • FREE! FREE!
  • FREE! BODY AND SOUL FREE!
  • Mrs. Mallard's sister, Josephine, could not think of an easy way to break the new of her brother-in-law's sudden death (his friend, Richards, had informed), so, in broken sentences, she tells her seemingly heartbroken sister.
  • Climax
  • Oh, the poor thing!
  • Mrs. Mallard can longer bring herself to cry. Although she did love her husband (sometimes, often not), she cannot help but feel the burden of a man had left her shoulders. The inability to think for herself was imposed by society.
  • Falling Action
  • What?
  • Mrs. Mallard seems to accept the fact of her husband's death with the sudden realization that she is finally a free woman. It is both astonishing and understanding that this newly widowed woman has had a revelation.
  • Resolution
  • Oh dear!
  • Once Mrs. Mallard accepts the exciting idea of being free, she descends the staircase like a goddess of Victory. Unknowingly to Josephine and Richards, however, who pity the woman, as she has just lost her husband.
  • Suddenly, the very much alive and confused Mr, Mallard walks through the door, shocking everyone. As Josephine lets out a cry, Richards rushes to shield Mr. Mallard from his wife's vision.
  • The appalling arrival of her supposedly dead husband both startles and devastates Mrs. Mallard. And, as she grasps the idea that she will never be free, she dies from a broken heart, so set on liberty.
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