Story of an Hour

Haoua Gafoure Sidibe
Professor Camisha Williams-Ferguson
English 1302
Rhetorical analysis of The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin’s ‘’The Story of an Hour’’ first appeared on April 19 1894. It is a short story in witch Chopin represents the negative view of marriage and shows us the times when women were prisoners of their husband. Through various mode of expression, the author effectively detailed the reaction of a woman toward the death of her husband.
  Chopin begins her essay by the way the news of the death of Mr. Mallard should be announced to his wife who was plagued with a heart problem. It is the sister of Mrs. Mallard; Josephine assisted by Richard a friend of the death husband who told the news.   Because Mrs. Mallard had heart trouble the news should be announced to her “as gentle as possible” to avoid a shock. The news was told ‘in broken sentence ‘’ (paragraph 1) to minimize the risk of a heart attacked witch can bring to two deaths instead of one.. Through this sentence ‘’She did not hear the story as many woman have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance’’ (paragraph 2) the author gave a little doubt about the love Louise had for her husband. Typically when a woman lost her loved one she tends to be in state of depression noted that Louise had heart problem her reaction should be more than how she took the news.   ‘’She just wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms’’(paragraph 2). At this point Chopin didn’t really said if Louise was happy or sad of losing her husband instead she let the reader from her words and actions to concluded what she was feeling.  
  Shortly after learning the news, Mrs. Mallard isolated herself in her room. There she reacted differently to the death of her husband.   ‘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...