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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 THE STORY OF AN HOUR THE STORY OF AN HOUR Theme/Motif: The idea of freedom and independence and that some people might treat others like they are not equal (the difference between a fellow person and a creature.) Explict: Implict: MRS. MALLARDCHARACTERIZATION "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same . . ." "She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength." "She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been." MOOD "There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory." "Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul." Based on the explicit details the author hands us throughout the story we can infer a lot about Mrs. Mallard. At the beginning of the story we see this character that is broken and fragile. After her hus- band dies she reacts unusually. However her sadness disappears when she looks out her window and realizes she is 'free.' She transforms into a stron- ger and happier character with the death of her husband. "She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her." The spring life represents a new beginning. It is ironic because it contradicts her feelings at the moment "She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life." She immediately says that she loves himout of habit, but she realizes she might of not after thinking about it Her heart troubles symbolizes a brokenheart "Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble. . ." Completely ironic, it shows that nobodyknows how she actually feels. She is very misunderstood. ""Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering." Story of an Hour: "And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not." "When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills." TONE The tone changes throughout the story. Theauthor starts off using little style and figurative language, but as soon as she looks out that window. He tries to pull in your senses. He usesvivid imagery to connect you to the character. The tone changes a lot while she is in her room,from sad to somber, to fear, and then elated joy. The mood changes drastically along with the tone. The way the plot escalates as the story goes on makes it so your emotions are changing along with Mrs. Mallard. The author creates this tense tone in the beginning, so you areconvinced that she is sad, but he flips everything so suddenly so for a moment you areconfused. He connects you to this character.
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