Полнотекстовый поиск:
Где искать:
только в названии
только в тексте
слова в тексте
только заголовок

Рекомендуем ознакомиться

Остальные работы->Реферат
Suicide Solution I’m about to take up a position which is going to be deamed by some, if not all, as a terrible stand to take As a matter of fact, if ...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
Marijuana or marihuana (either spelling is correct) has been cultivated since antiquity and until lately it has grown less for mind-altering use than ...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
become insecure as to the reasons for his actions which in turn causes him to commit more murders The witches offer great temptation, but it is in the...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
o produces ribosomes Mitochondria burns food molecules to release energy This energy is used by cells to do work This work may be building new molecul...полностью>>

Главная > Реферат >Остальные работы

Сохрани ссылку в одной из сетей:

An Untimely Death Essay, Research Paper

In “The story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin reveals the complex character, Mrs. Mallard, In a most unusual manner. THe reader is led to believe that her husband has been killed in a railway accident. The other characters in the story are worried about how to break the news to her; they know whe suffers from a heart condition, and they fear for her health. On the surface, the story appears to be about how Mrs. Mallard deals with the news of the death of her husband. On a deeper level, however, the story is about the feeling of intense joy that Mrs. Mallard experiences when she realizes that she is free from the influences of her husband and the consequences of finding out that her new-found freedom is not to be. At First, Mrs. Mallard seems to be genuinely affected by her grief: “She wept ar once, with sudden, wild abandonment….When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. SHe would have no one follow her”(14). At this point in the story, the reader is able to look into the mind of Mrs. Mallard; she now noticed, as she looked from her window, “the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the distant song”(15). She noticed the “there were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds”(15). The other characters in the story have one impression of Mrs. Mallard; she seems to have reacted to the terrible news as one would expect, but the reader is aware that a distinct change has come over her.

The story unviels its theme at this point: Mrs. Mallard, for the first time in her life, experiences a new-found freedom. Instead of dreading the future without her husband, “she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely”(15. She could now live her life and be absolutely free of the imposing will of her husband:

There would be no one to live for her during the coming years; she would live for herself. There would be now powerful will bending hers in the blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature.(15)

Mrs. Mallard had, “in that brief moment of illumination”(15), stumbled upon a truth: she was now her own person, free from the confines of her husband. She had loved her husband, “sometimes”(15), but that didn’t matter: “What could love ….count for in the face of theis possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!(15). THE theme of the story unfolds at this point: Mrs. Mallard, through the death of her husband, is able to experience the joy of the realization that she is in control of her own destiny. She is now “free, free, free!(15. Mrs. Mallard’s new-found freedon is not to be, however, as the story takes an ironic, fatal, twist.

On the surface, this story appears to be about how Mrs. Mallard accepts the news of the death of her husband; on a deeper level, however, this story examines how Mrs Mallard accepts the possession of her own being which she recognizes as “the strongest impulse of her being”(15). As she looked out of her window, she was looking at life as she had never seen it before: “she was looking drinking in the very elixer of life”(16). SHe had never before looked to the future with any optimisim, only dread. She could hardly live with this new-found joy that she had discovered within herself, and ironically, she would not live with new discovery for long. As the story takes an ironic twist, Mr. Mallard turns the latchkey and walks into the room: he had been nowhere near the scene of the accident. THe realization that her new-found joy was not to be was too much for Mrs. Mallard’s weak heart to take, but she had at least lived for a few, brief, shinning momnents in the realization of her new-found freedom.


Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” Rpt. Fictions 4th Ed.

Eds. Joseph f. Trimmer and C. Wade Jennings. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998. 14-16

Загрузить файл

Похожие страницы:

  1. In Another Country Essay Research Paper In

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    In Another Country Essay, Research Paper In Another Country What ... war has hardened him in an irreversible manner. Also his ... untimely death. The main character expresses his sympathetic feelings for him in ... main character received his in an accident. His life is ...
  2. Macbeth Literary Analysis Essay Research Paper In

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Macbeth Literary Analysis Essay, Research Paper In the Bible, in the book of Matthew, chapter ... King of Scotland.?By Sinel?s death I know I am Thane of Glamis, but ... his mother?s womb untimely ripped.? Macduff finds Macbeth in Dunsinane and Macbeth ...
  3. William ShakespeareS Hamlet Essay Research Paper In

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    William Shakespeare?S Hamlet Essay, Research Paper In some works of literature, ... literary merit and write an essay in which you show how ... have lost their fathers to untimely deaths. Hamlet’s uncle, ... that fortune, death and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell ...
  4. Taoism Essay Research Paper In order to

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Taoism Essay, Research Paper In order to go into ... happening spontaneously, who’s in charge? I am not in charge, that is pretty ... this impression. Prior to his untimely passing, celebrated author and ... Aunt Meg has, since her death, become the Almighty Saint ...
  5. Barn Burning Essay Research Paper In (1)

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    Barn Burning Essay, Research Paper In “Barn Burning,” Faulkner ... personal message that essentially, an individual’s sense of values ... and making him react in an irrational manner. This tears ... and induces his own untimely death. Sarty represents the hope ...

Хочу больше похожих работ...

Generated in 0.0015370845794678