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Character Analysis of Mrs. Mallard in The Story of an Hour


Analytical processes in the novel The Story of an Hour reveals Louis Mallard as the only dynamic character. Such a character undergoes intense and fundamental changes due to the influences and the happenings in the plot. She experiences inconsistencies and many problems, and her life is full of complications.
She remains an independent woman in the whole narration. She is full of great internal thoughts on the ideal way women ought to behave. Her characterization in the novel brings out a strong woman in the society. She acts as a protagonist and the core center of attraction in the flow of the novel. When Mr. Mallard dies at the beginning of the narration, Josephine and Richard are fast in consoling her, ensuring that her mourning process is not complicated.

It is clear that the novelist portrays her as the one afflicted with trouble from the start of the narration. That forms the basic reason as to why the bereavement news was delivered to her carefully to ensure that she accepts it all. She possesses a unique stance and grieving process. The violent instances of reactions that she make do portray that she is a hyperactive emotional woman. She is aware that she will cry at the right time. She has slender hands hence unlikely to take part in manual labor. Every person meeting her seems to be concerned about her life. She is pretty and attracts many people.

She demonstrates an expression of total oppression in her marriage. The trouble is completely physical and emotional. Even after her husband’s death, she feels the loneliness and embraces the husband’s responsibility. It is illustrated by the way she opens up her hands wide in a gesture of welcoming a new life. Louis’ death occurs because of acute loss of joy after Brently walks into her life. Brently was her source of joy and hope, and his death gives her shock and intense disappointment that finally kills her (Chopin & Correll, 22).

Cited work
Chopin, K., & Correll, G. (2011). The story of an hour and other stories. Portland, Or: Good Ink.

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