The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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How does the scene outside the window foreshadow the feelings that sweep over Mrs. Mallard as she sits in her chair?

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Just after Mrs. Mallard receives the (incorrect) news that her husband has died, she retreats to her bedroom and faces the scene from the room the two of them have shared for years. The details in this scene are worth noting:

The tops of the trees are just about to emerge in the "new life" of spring. A faint song reaches her. Birds chatter with life. Patches of blue sky emerge from a cloud-filled sky.

Everywhere she looks, Mrs. Mallard sees new possibilities and new hope. Like these images in nature, she begins to realize the fresh possibilities which await her following the death of her husband. She begins to sob, unable at first to...

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When Mrs. Mallard first learns of her husband's death, she is overshadowed with sorrow and grief. The patches of blue sky among the clouds foreshadow how her grief is "clearing up" and something beautiful (hope) will be left behind. Spring is a time of new life and new beginnings, and this foreshadows the new life Mrs. Mallard will have for a short time.

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