The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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How does Kate Chopin use animal imagery in "The Story of an Hour"? How does Kate Chopin use this imagery in her story?

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Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" traces Mrs. Louise Mallard's reaction to finding out her husband has died in a train accident, and then realizing that he actually was not on the train and is, in fact, alive.

There is really only one explicit example of animal imagery in the story. It occurs in the fifth paragraph, when Louise retires to her room to be alone after hearing her husband has died. She looks out the window and notes "the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life." This includes birdsong: "countless sparrows were twittering in the eves." This imagery, which could more accurately be described as sensory detail related to the sense of hearing or sound, is one example of the way the world is now awakening to Louise. With the news of her husband's death, she feels more alive, rather than less alive, as we might expect her to feel.

It's possible that you could make an argument that some more subtle references are made to Louise's own animalistic nature, simply...

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