Discuss the writer's use of language showing how form is correlated to content in "The Story of an Hour"?Discuss the writer's use of language showing how form is correlated to content in "The Story...

Discuss the writer's use of language showing how form is correlated to content in "The Story of an Hour"?

Discuss the writer's use of language showing how form is correlated to content in "The Story of an Hour"?

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In "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin alters the syntax of her sentences and includes a variety of sentence types to correlate form to content.  For example, the narrator alludes to the restrictive marriage between Louise and Brently Mallard, and after Brently's assumed death, Louise reflects on her past life with him:  "And yet she had loved him--sometimes.  Often she had not."  The use of the dash draws attention to the effect of the periodic sentence, altering the tone of the word "sometimes" so that it suggests a sarcastic apprehension.  The next line in its brevity creates a cold tone, suggesting the feelings (or lack thereof) that Louise had for her husband.

Other lines throughout the story are long and winding to suggest the new sense of freedom felt by Louise.  So the syntax and sentence variety employed by Chopin in "The Story of an Hour" directly link form and content.

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