Short Analysis on "The Story of an Hour" by Robert Frost Essay

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Gordon Auyeung
Professor Krystal Shirley
English 110
October 10th, 2012
Argumentative Essay on “The Story of an Hour” In general, for one to be happy is a positive emotion, and does not lead to the loss of one’s life. However, that is precisely what took place in “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Mrs. Mallard finds out that her loving husband was dead, but sees him walk in the door on the same day. Normally, the same events would bring about a pleasant surprise for the wife, but the author does not intend to end the story that way, instead, Chopin would have Mrs. Mallard die from the shock of find out that her husband is still alive. There are many factors that play a part in Mrs. Mallard reacting the way she did, most of which
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She confirms her freedom and looks forward to her future life; “she saw beyond that… a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely… There would be no one to live for her… she would live for herself. 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. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime…” (74). The readers are shown the kind of relationship married couples have. Both man and woman are said to impose a private will upon each other, hinting that though they loved each other, they sometimes over asserted their own beliefs onto one another. It also tells readers that Mrs. Mallard disapproves of such a relationship. This gave her much more happiness compared to the sorrow she felt at her husband’s death. At the end of the story, her husband returns home unscathed - there had been a mistake on the news of his death – and that shock was a much bigger shock than his death, that right at that moment, Mrs. Mallard dies. In the end, Mrs. Mallard survives the initial shock of hearing about her husband’s death and even feels enlightened because of the news. However, just to emphasize the happiness she felt, Chopin chooses to bring Mr. Mallard back, to have his return be such a downer that it is enough to give Mrs. Mallard a heart attack. This story gives readers a

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