In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," is Mrs. Mallard consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character?
Mrs. Mallard is consistent in her actions. Though the reader's understanding of her as a character is limited only to this moment in time and the thought processes that take place in this moment, Mrs. Mallard is a fully developed character at this particular time.
The reader meets Mrs. Mallard just as she receives shocking news. The narrator reminds the reader that, as a young woman with a heart problem, Mrs. Mallard's learning that her husband has just died could have devastating effects on her health. Ironically, the news does indeed devastate her, and she dies, but not from grief at the loss of her husband, and the reader's understanding of the complexity of this situation validates the idea that Mrs. Mallard is a fully developed character.
In the moments that follow the news of Mr. Mallard's death, Mrs. Mallard's thoughts reveal her truest self. All of the hopes and dreams, along with the clarity of her emotions and her thoughts toward herself, her life, and her husband, all...
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