Story of an Hour- analysisWhy this story?In my opinion, the story is hilarious and you the reader will take pleasure in the irony of it all. Story of an Hour is packed with savvy and bittersweet moments. We see that the meek, soft spoken Louise Mallard, an ailing woman, was just told that her husband died and she could not help but rejoice. She starts to envision a life without her husband and how she was finally “free”. This is relatable to women especially for those that were in horrible relationships. Flat and Round CharactersThe protagonist, Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to the news of hearing that her husband, the antagonist, has been presumed dead. Mrs. Mallard, can best be described as a round character. In the story she was described as being “… young, with a fair, calm face…”, a supposed widow and a bit of a feminist. “There would be no 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.” (Chopin, 1894) She is at liberty to do as she please from here on out. And we can see these sentiments expressed in the story “She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!”‘ The other characters are flat characters; there are no fundamental depth to these other characters. Although we can surmise that Josephine cares deeply about her sister’s condition, “Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission. “Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door–you will make yourself ill….” (Chopin, 1894). Richard is Mr. Mallards friend. He was present when Josephine broke the news to her sister. Static and Dynamic Characters The dynamic character of the story would be Louise. She is a soft-spoken, meek, and well-cared for house wife. She was obedient and at the beck and call of her husband. But Louise’s true feelings and thoughts emerge, when told of her husband’s passing, ” her bosom rose and fell tumultuously … she was striving to beat it back with her will… the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.” (Chopin, 1894) There are other examples of her changing personality for instance, “she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.” (Chopin, 1894) The prospect of a life without her husband was a future she was looking forward to.As for characters like Josephine, Richard and Mr. Mallard, they would be considered as static no detailed information such as thoughts, traits or personality was given.Direct and Indirect CharacterizationIn Story of an Hour there are many instances where you can perceive direct and indirect characterization. ” … facing the open window, a comfortable… She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life… There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other …” (Chopin, 1894) This is an indirect characterization where one can assume that the window represents the new opportunities and freedom that Louise now have that she did not before. Also, ” When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease–of the joy that kills.” Everyone assumed that it was joy that ended her life but it is safe to say that when she saw her husband walking through that door, all hope was lost. The very future she was looking forward to was snatched away from her. So instead of joy one can suggest that it was total and utter shock and disappointment that ended her life. This now makes you think of what kind of husband Mr. Mallard was; his own wife could not bare the thought of being with him any longer. The irony of it all is the only way she could really be free of her husband was through her own death.The one form of direct characterization found in the text was the mention of her being sick with a frail heart “Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble” (Chopin, 1894)
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