The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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

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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 her husband. It is no coincidence that both the window and the square beyond it are described as "open": they represent a contrast to the way Louise has been closed off from the world by her marriage. Imagery is used to vividly depict the scene outside the window, the world from which Louise is currently removed: the "breath of rain" can be sensed and smelled in the air, while Louise can also hear a "song" being sung by a nameless person and the "twittering" of sparrows. The use of auditory imagery is particularly interesting, as it underlines the fact that this world is close enough for Louise to be able to hear what is taking place in it, but far enough away that it cannot (yet) be touched or fully experienced.

Later in the story, there is another very vivid image pertaining to the symbol of...

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