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What is the irony in "The Story of an Hour"?

In "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin invokes both situational and dramatic irony. In fact, the entire plot can be understood as being grounded in situational irony. After all, if one's wife or...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020 5:59 am UTC

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In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, what is Mrs. Mallard's first reaction to the news of her husband's alleged...

When Mrs. Mallard first hears the news of her husband's fatal accident, she weeps with "sudden, wild abandonment" into her sister's arms. Louise experiences a "storm of grief" and cannot compose...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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In “The Story of an Hour,” the author uses some figures of speech such as metaphor, simile, and paradox. What are...

Let's begin with a survey of some of the figurative language Kate Chopin uses to enhance her short story “The Story of an Hour.” Right away in the second paragraph, we read that Josephine tells...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2020 2:08 pm UTC

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What are some literary devices in the "Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin?

Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" was published in 1884 and is one of the richest demonstrations of a compressed narrative that also exhibits a broad range of literary devices, with...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 3:56 pm UTC

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In "The Story of an Hour," what is "the joy that kills?"

The "joy that kills" is Louise Mallard's ruined dream of experiencing a free life the moment she discovers that Brently is alive. When Louise Mallard learns that her domineering husband, Brently...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2020 12:09 pm UTC

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What is the message of "The Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin? What is her famous novel? 

The message of "The Story of an Hour" is that no one wins when women are oppressed. It is certainly possible to point out that men seem to have more favorable lives when they, but not women, are...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 11:33 am UTC

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What is it that really kills Mrs. Mallard?

To add to what the above poster said, it is ironic that Mrs. Mallard dies, not because of news of her husband's death, but from the realization (and disappointment) that he is alive. At the end of...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 2:16 am UTC

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What view of marriage is portrayed in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?  

In the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, a young woman named Louise Mallard hears of the death of her husband in a train accident. Her first impulse is to weep, and then she goes...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2020 7:18 pm UTC

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The Story Of An Hour Conflict

A literary element that is essential to the plot of a story, the "conflict" is the internal or external problem that is caused by an instigating situation, or the triggering event that moves the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 2:56 pm UTC

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What symbolism is used in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"?

Mrs. Mallard herself is symbolic of the role women often found themselves trapped in during the latter part of the 1800s. Bound to husbands via laws and societal expectations which forbade them to...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 11:17 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "The Story of an Hour"?

“The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In the story, Louise receives the bad news that her husband, Brently, has died in a train accident. The short story shows the reader...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 8:02 am UTC

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What is the significance of this quote from "The Story of an Hour"? "She could see the open square before her house...

This quotation is significant because Mrs. Mallard has just learned of her husband's death in a train accident. He was young and the accident was tragic. (Of course, we later learn that the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2017 10:37 pm UTC

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What is the main conflict in "The Story of an Hour"?

I would say this story serves as an example of person vs. society (though in this context, one might also see elements of person vs. self). "The Story of an Hour" opens with Louise Mallard being...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 6:46 pm UTC

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What is the message of "The Story Of An Hour"? Does Kate Chopin want women to come out of the shackles of...

Chopin often does write about freedom in a woman’s life and how marriage can constrain that; however, this short story shows freedom a bit differently. In describing how she feels now that the...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2007 9:35 am UTC

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The Story of an Hour's Purpose What is the author's purpose to persuade, to inform, to entertain, or to teach? 

The point of this story is to inform us about the realities of marriage for women. It is only when Mrs. Mallard has to confront the death of her husband that she realises how she has been confined,...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2010 9:59 am UTC

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What lessons can be learned from "The Story Of An Hour"?

I agree. I also think that one of the things you learn from this story is that you need to live your own life. I think this is why Louise only lives for an hour. Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015 1:47 pm UTC

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In what ways was Mrs. Mallard's reaction different or unusual after she heard the news of her husband's death?

Mrs. Mallard's reaction to the news of her husband's death is that of a woman freed from a long prison term. She is shocked into silent disbelief, overcome with emotion, struck with a sense of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009 7:43 am UTC

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What is the central idea of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

When considering the central idea of this story, it's important to also consider its historical context. In the late 1800s, women had precious few options for individualism, relying in great extent...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 10:14 pm UTC

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Can someone explain "of joy that kills"In the “Story of an Hour” the death of Mrs. Mallard is described as “of joy...

Kate Chopin's story "The Story of an Hour" ends with this ironic phrase: "the joy that kills." From the start of this very brief tale, we know that Mrs. Louise Mallard has "heart trouble" and that...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 3:08 pm UTC

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How does Mrs. Mallard’s death in the conclusion of "The Story of an Hour" contribute to the story’s overall meaning? 

In the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, Louise Mallard is informed by her sister Josephine of the death of her husband in a railroad accident. Aware of Louise's heart trouble,...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020 1:59 am UTC

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What examples of foreshadowing are in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"?

Kate Chopin foreshadows Louise Mallard's tragic fate several times in her celebrated short story, "The Story of an Hour." In the first sentence of the story, the narrator foreshadows Louise...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 8:16 pm UTC

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In “the Story Of An Hour” By Kate Chopin, How Does Mrs. Mallard Feel About Life Without Her Husband?

Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" portrays an unusual set of circumstances. The main character Louise Mallard has a heart problem. She has to be careful in whatever that she does. On this day,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 12:01 am UTC

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Foreshadowing In The Story Of An Hour

Foreshadowing exists in this story in two different aspects. The first is foreshadowing of Louise Mallard's unique and ironic reaction to the news of her husband's death. The next is foreshadowing...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009 11:36 am UTC

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What does Josephine & Richards represent in "The Story of an Hour"?

Josephine represents a woman living the kind of life that Kate Chopin believed to be oppressive and self-negating. When Louise is spending time alone in her room considering how her life will now...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 9:14 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the title in the short story "Story of an Hour"? And what idea or fact does Kate Chopin want...

I would say that the primary focus of the title's effectiveness in "The Story of an Hour" would be to ensure that the notion of what can happen in a fixed period of time is conveyed. Chopin...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2010 9:09 am UTC

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What's the point of view in "The Story of an Hour?"

A third-person narrator tells Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour." In the first two paragraphs, the narrative is told in a reportorial voice by what we might call a third-person objective...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017 6:16 pm UTC

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What is a good thesis statement for my essay on "Story of an Hour"? The interpretive question is: Why is "The Story...

If you're struggling to create a thesis for a topic, you're likely struggling to envision the body paragraphs as well. Many students find that building those ideas into their thesis helps them to...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 9:30 pm UTC

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What are the internal and external conflicts in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

Louise Mallard's external conflict is with a society that expects herself to define herself through her husband and bend herself to his will—and to be grieved when she hears a report of his death....

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

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What is the dramatic irony in "The Story of an Hour"?

Dramatic irony is a stylistic device which occurs when the audience knows more about a situation than the characters do and is aware of certain facts that the characters are not. In Kate Chopin's...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 10:04 am UTC

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How does Mrs. Mallard change from begining to end in "The Story of an Hour"?

The short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin tells of Louise Mallard, a young wife afflicted with heart trouble who hears that her husband has been killed in a railroad disaster. She goes...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 7:43 pm UTC

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In "The Story of an Hour", Mrs. Mallard closes the door to her room so that Josephine cannot get in, yet she leaves...

The short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin tells of a young woman who hears from her sister Josephine that her husband has just been killed in a railroad disaster. Her immediate reaction...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 3:01 am UTC

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What is the verbal irony in "The Story of an Hour"?

At the end of "Story of an Hour," Mrs. Mallard is described as dying of the "joy that kills." The words of the doctor's statement are an example of verbal irony in that they express the exact...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 11:18 am UTC

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What is the symbolic meaning of "like a goddess of victory" from the story "The Story of an Hour"?

Having been informed that her husband has been among the victims of a great train wreck, Mrs. Mallard, who is "afflicted with a heart trouble," retreats upstairs to her bedroom, where a...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2017 3:49 am UTC

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In "The Story of an Hour," how do Josephine and Richards break the news to Mrs. Mallard?

Gently. Josephine and Richards try to break the news of Mr. Mallard's death as gently as possible to Mrs. Mallard. The very first sentence of the story tells readers this information. The reason...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 6:10 pm UTC

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What does the phrase "Free! Body and soul free!" indicate in "The Story of an Hour"?

Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" follows Louise Mallard as she is alerted to the news of her husband's death. While it is expected for Louise to respond with grief, and this expectation is even...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 11:08 pm UTC

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What is the situational irony in "The Story of an Hour"?

The core situational irony in "The Story of an Hour" relies on the historical context of the society in which Mrs. Mallard lives. The story depicts her societal place in the late 1800s, a time when...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the open window in relation to the main character's epiphany in "The Story of an...

The passage concerning the open window is rich in symbolism in this early feminist story published in 1894. She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 2:38 pm UTC

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How is the ending ironic in the short story "The Story of an Hour"? Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"

The denouement of Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is ironic in that the death of Mrs. Mallard has been inevitable, not because she has a bad heart, but because she has had "a heart trouble," a...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 10:37 am UTC

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What is the social setting, time setting, and place setting in "The Story of an Hour"?

Many clues from the story tell us that the social setting in which the Mallards live is prosperously middle class. They occupy a two-story home with windows that let in light. When Mrs. Mallard...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020 12:37 am UTC

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Compare the characters Louise Mallard from "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin and Dee Johnson from "Everyday Use"...

On the surface, Louise Mallard and Dee Johnson may seem like two very different women. However, the key theme that permeates both stories is the women's struggle for what Kate Chopin calls...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020 10:20 am UTC

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Why is Mrs. Mallard happy when she thinks her husband is dead?

In traditional Kate Chopin style, "The Story of an Hour" tells the tale of a woman whose submission to social expectations has rendered her lost inside a loveless and boring marriage. Far from any...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 8:20 pm UTC

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Why does Mrs. Mallard feel so “Free! Body and soul free” in "The Story of an Hour"?

When Mrs. Mallard learns of her husband's accidental death in Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," she weeps with "sudden, wild abandonment," and then she goes to her room alone, for "[S]he would have...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2011 5:49 am UTC

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What are some examples of literary realism in "The Story of an Hour"?

Literary realism is a movement which began in France and eventually came to America as a response to the romantic era in which characters, settings, and plots were all rather idealized and "pretty"...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 12:50 am UTC

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"The delicious breath of rain was in the air." Who is "tasting" here? Why is the word used?

Chopin's use of "delicious" is a form of imagery. Because Chopin mixes senses by using a word normally associated with taste to describe living (hence the word "breath"), her word choice is also an...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2009 7:28 am UTC

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In, "The Story of an Hour" What does the reader know at the end of the story that the characters do not?...

At the end of this story, Louise Mallard drops dead when she sees her husband enter the house. The doctor and other characters presume that she has been overcome with "joy that kills"...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2008 1:13 pm UTC

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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...

Mrs. Mallard's initial reaction to the news of her husband's death is intense and tumultuous grief. However, when this initial outburst has been spent, emotionally drained, Mrs. Mallard is shown...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 7:32 pm UTC

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What are some examples of imagery and symbolism in "The Story of an Hour"?

Arguably the key symbol in this story is that of the open window. The window, and what can be seen through it, represents the world beyond Louise Mallard's house, beyond the life she has lived with...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 10:04 am UTC

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How does Mrs. Mallard respond to her husband's death at the beginning of the story?

Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" describes a woman's reaction to the news of her husband's death (though, as the story later reveals, this news is mistaken), with her ultimately experiencing a...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 5:04 am UTC

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Which lines represent exposition in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

To answer this question, we first need to establish what narrative exposition is. It is a literary device used to provide background information about the characters we are introduced to and the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 11:11 am UTC

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What is the mood in the short story, "The Story of an Hour"? Please support your answer with a quote from the story.

The mood in "The Story of an Hour" is essentially pessimistic. Kate Chopin's favorite author was the great French short story writer Guy de Maupassant. His influence can be seen in many of her...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 9:55 pm UTC

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