The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

The Story of an Hour book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Why does Mrs. Mallard eventually lock herself in her room?   "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin

Expert Answers info

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,149 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," after her initial reaction to the reported death of her husband, Mrs. Mallard "\

went away to her room alone.  She would have no one follow her.

These lines are significant, for they indicate that Mrs. Mallard seeks sanctuary from the eyes of others in the company of whom she must dissemble as she sorts out her feelings.  When she sinks into the armchair, it is most noteworthy, as another enotes editor has pointed out, that her chair faces the open window.  Symbolic, also, is the fact that the view is to the West as west represents the future and the end of life. 

The passage in which Mrs. Mallard turns from the present and looks out at the...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 381 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial