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Charters In The Story Of An Hour Essay

  • Submitted by: Pelham08
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 971 words

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As we read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin we learn the main character of the story is Mrs. Mallard.   She is the character we know the most about and the person around whom all the other characters rally with their concerns when she is informed about the untimely death of her husband.   At first her reaction to Mrs. Mallard’s death appears to be normal however, after a period of reflection things begin to change.   A closer look at Mrs. Mallard will reveal that she is a character who is emotional, developed and the main antagonist in her less than perfect marriage.  

Once Mrs. Mallard has been informed about the death of her husband she begins to experience a number of emotions.   First,   “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms “ (Kirszener and Mandell 197).   This is what you would expect from most wives once they have learned of the death of a spouse.   After her initial reaction Mrs. Mallard embarks on a journey of a rollercoaster of emotions.   She struggles with allowing her true emotions about the news remain repressed or letting her feeling come to the surface.   She begins to feel that something possesses her even though she is trying to fight these emotions back (198).   It appears from the description that Mrs. Mallard has “a certain strength” but continues to struggle with the emotions of her newfound freedom (198). Once she allows her feeling to come to the surface she begins to have a new awakening that seems to drink “a very elixir of life” (199).   It appears that Mrs. Mallard has allowed her husband to control her psychologically by “… powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature” (198).   However, we don’t really know what kind of marriage the Mallards had but her need for psychological freedom is very strong.   She begins to find a positive psychologically freedom, that she has never been allowed to express in...

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