Please comment on the author's use of style in "The Story of an Hour."

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When we refer to the style of a given piece of literature, we are actually talking about an umbrella-term that could be used to refer to a large number of different components, including point of view, symbolism and description. To me, one of the most interesting aspects of this tremendously moving and poignant short story is the symbolism of the weather.

It is incredibly important to note what Mrs. Mallard observes as she looks out of her window in her room, having been told that her husband has died:

She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air.

The story is set in spring, and as you can see from the quote, nature is mirroring the resurrection that is going on within Mrs. Mallard herself due to the new-found freedom that she has been gifted with. The tantalising "patches of blue skies" that she focuses on therefore could be said to represent the future life that she begins to imagine for herself and the freedom that she will be able to enjoy. Thus what is happening outside the window mirrors the internal changes occurring within Mrs. Mallard.

 

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