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"Two Women" - Character analysis from "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin


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Apr 20, 2015   #1
Two Women

"The Storm" and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin are both intricately captivating stories, both portray women as the protagonist. In "The Storm" Calixta is a housewife who is waiting for a storm to pass while her family is out in town. As her husband Bobinôt, and son, Bibi also wait for the storm to pass in a store, Bibi worries for his mother. But Calixta seems to be fine at home, as she is getting clothes that was being dried outside she sees someone come in through the porch in search for refuge from the storm. it was nonetheless her lover Alcée. Louise Mallard who is in "The Story of an Hour" is sadden by the tragic news of her husbands death, she suddenly finds peace and freedom in knowing she is free. When all of a sudden her sister Josephine takes her down the stairs someone opens the front door, her sudden freedom is taken away as her husband Brently Mallard walks in. Both women reveal something unexpected from their lives that surprise the reader. I as the reader did not expect what was coming at the end of each story.

"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin starts of with Mrs. Mallard finding out dreadful news about her husband, who was away. Since she had heart problems her sister Josephine gave her the trembling news that her husband had died. Beside her stood her husbands friend Richard who first heard of the atrocious news, he made sure it was true that Brently Mallard was surely dead by sending 2 telegrams for assurance. The unraveling story continues as Louise is grieving with this sudden heart breaking pain as her sister is consoling her in her arms. When the news settles in she walks up to her room alone, she sits by the window looking out sucking in the outside world with her five senses. Suddenly she gets a strong sense of liberation, her grief turns into joy "of joy that kills" (Chopin 58), then starts reminiscing about her husband. Even though she lived what seemed like an oppressed life she did love her now departed husband. Meanwhile her sister Josephine was by the door asking her to come out of the room, "Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door--you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven's sake open the door." (Chopin 58). When Louise finally got up and opened the door she went down the stairs with the help of Josephine, as they descended Richard was at the bottom and suddenly the front door of the house was opened. In Walked Brently Mallard, and soon after that unexpected moment, Louise died of heart disease.

justivy03 - / 2,366 607  
Apr 20, 2015   #2
Overall your analysis of the story is great, just make sure you proof read your work before submission and a few tips from me;
- punctuation marks - such as (;.,/?),these details makes a lot of difference in writing as it cuts the sentence to your thoughts and the message you want to send to your readers.

- in analysis writing, make sure that you make it step by step, conclude your writing with your personal opinion about how the story should end or

your opinion of the story in general perspective.

Keep on writing!!!


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