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					The Story of an Hour
       Kate Chopin
Main characters

   Mrs. Mallard
    –   Wife to Brently Mallard
    –   Main character in the story
   Josephine
    –   Friend to Mrs. Mallard
    –   Person who tells of the “disaster”
   Richards
    –   Friend of Brently, who shares in the retelling of the news
   Brently Mallard
    –   Husband to Mrs. Mallard
    –   According to the reports, dead in a railroad accident
Key events in the story:

1.    Railroad disaster is reported
     a.   Brently Mallard heads the list of those killed
2.    Mrs. Mallard is informed of the news by Josephine
      and Richards
     a.   Mrs. Mallard weeps at the news and retreats to a “Study”
          room
          i.   Secretly begins to see the world in a new light
               “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of
                   trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious
                   breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was
                   crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which someone
                   was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were
                   twittering in the eaves”
Storyline…continued

a. Mrs. Mallard‟s retreat   (continued)

   ii. Physical description of Mrs. Mallard
         1. “young, with a fair, calm face…”
   iii. Mrs. Mallard becomes “free”
   iv. Knows that she will temporarily weep later at the funeral,
         but that she will be forever free
         1. “Free! Body and soul Free!”
   v. Josephine is imploring her, in the meantime, to open the
         door to the study
         1. Mrs. Mallard remains secretly joyous
         2. When Mrs. Mallard does open the door, she does so as
         a victorious women
Storyline…continued

3. Josephine and Mrs. Mallard begin to leave
   the apartment
   a. The door is opening, it is Brently
   b. He knows not that he is presumed dead
   c. Mrs. Mallard shrieks at the sight of Brently
   d. She dies of “a heart disease…a joy that
   kills”
Questions to think about:

1.        What is irony and how is it displayed in this story?
2.        Why does Kate Chopin continually refer to Mrs.
          Mallard in the formal sense, not the personal
          sense as with the other characters?
3.        What does Chopin/Mallard mean by “Free, free,
          free”
4.        What is the imagery created by the following
          phrases?
     a.    How do the following examples show the irony created by
           Chopin in this story?
     b.    How do the following examples lead the reader in one
           direction and prepare the reader for the blunt, maybe
           tragic ending?
Example #1

   “She did not hear the story as many women
    have heard the same, with a paralyzed
    inability to accept its significance. She wept
    at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in
    her sister‟s arms. When the storm of grief
    had spent itself she went away to her room
    alone. She would have no one follow her.”
Example #2

    “She could see in the open square before
     her house the tops of trees that were all
     aquiver with the new spring life. The
     delicious breath of rain was in the air. In
     the street below a peddler was crying his
     wares. The notes of a distant song which
     someone was singing reached her faintly,
     and countless sparrows were twittering in
     the eaves”
Example #3

“When she had abandoned herself, a little
  whispered word escaped her slightly parted
  lips. She said it over and over under her
  breath; „Free, Free, Free!‟ The vacant stare
  and the look of terror that had followed it went
  from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright.
  Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood
  warmed and relaxed every inch of her body”
Example #4

“There would be no one to live for during those
  coming years; she would live for herself.
  There would be no powerful will bending hers
  in that blind persistence with which men and
  women believe they have a right to impose a
  private will upon a fellow creature.”
Example #5

   She arose at length and opened the doors to
    her sister‟s importunities. There was a
    feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried
    herself like a goddess of Victory.”

				
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