Story Of An Hour – Book Report/Review Example

Story of an Hour" of the Institution
Topic: Story of an Hour
What does the title mean?
The duration of the story (timeline) is just one hour. The plot of the story begins and concludes in one hour.
How does the author’s life influence the story?
The theme of the story relates to the love of women to be independent. But the institution of marriage created by the society to bind them is the latent obstacle, which hinders the development of their personality. This opinion is difficult to digest, but merits sincere consideration.
Do the characters change?
No, the characters do not change. In the first part of the story, Mrs. Mallard receives the news of her husband’s death in an accident, stoically. But internally, she feels a sense of calm contentment that she would be able to live the life of her choice, free from the fetters of the married life. In the second part of the story, when her husband returns hale and hearty, she receives the news with a sense of relief and regains her original composure and readies to live the life destined to her lot as a woman.
Plot: Conflict? Resolution?
The conflict relates to the oppression that Mrs. Mallard experienced by thorough out her married life. She tries to avoid that question; even though she is aware of her plight and finally she gets an opportunity to envision what her life could be now without her husband to “bend her will”. She looks forward to the life of unfettered freedom. Though she misses her husband, she secretly enjoys that sense of relief. The second conflict in the story is about the restrictions placed by the society on women.
Explain the quotation (find any word with quotation and explain)
“But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome." Meaning, she was willing to live her second lease of life without her husband and enjoyed a sense of relief and expressed happiness to look forward to the era of unfettered freedom, with none to bother her.
Identify one literary theory and apply it to the story. (3-5 sentences)
Kate Chopin’s writing of the 1890s was influenced by theory of Feminist Criticism. Chopin demolished the superstructure of the noble institution of marriage created by the society and existing since time immemorial, within that ‘one hour’. In her inner world Mrs. Mallard craves for experiencing the joy of independence. She instantly realises that she is released from the cobweb called the institution of marriage and the type of life that she would live, excites and enlivens her. She feels liberated. It would be even correct to describe that she feels that she is born again.
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