The use of irony, homeboys, and imagery, in her short Story helps the reader get a better understanding of the overall affect that the author wanted to convey to people. These literary elements are essential to help portray, and create an artistic affect to the readers. The imagery that aids in the plot and meaning of the story is that of nature. There is a direct correlation between the time of renewal and rebirth in nature and the reawakening of the woman’s freedom. The death of a person is typically associated with seasons of death; Brenner Mallard’s unknown death takes place in the spring. As Ms.
Mallard looks out the window, she is confronted by the wet fresh rain, and the bright new grown trees, which all symbolize her new-sprung freedom. The clouds, which portrayed a metaphor for the shadows that drifted over her marriage, begin to split apart, and make way for a fresh beginning. The symbols shown in the Mallard house are further demonstrations of the struggle between authority and modesty. Different from the outside world, the interior of the house is like a prison, which is meant to keep Mrs.. Mallard, separated from the world she lives in. The doors are also symbols of her captivity and restrictions that she faces.
In her private room, Mrs.. Mallard does what she wants without the disturbance of other people. She can lock and unlock her door, with this as her only means of controlling her own life. Once she opens the door, she unwillingly will let go of all her dreams and begin to enter into a harsh reality. Another example of the symbolism is the layout of the house. There is an elevation difference between the common portion of the house on the lower level and Mrs.. Mallard’s bedroom upstairs. From her room she can look out, o the clouds and find her place of freedom.
When she leaves her room, she starts to descend the stairs; a journey from her heaven into hell. In the story the irony joy can kill you indicates to Chopin that in the end of the story Mrs.. Mallard’s joy will be the cause of her death that will cause her to lose her life. Mrs.. Mallard’s reaction when she found out about her husband’s death proves to the readers that she already believes that her marriage will already fade away, and be quickly over. The end of their relationship with her husband was not that shocking, since she already accepted what would append, and if she was devoted she would never do anything like this in her life.
This is why Mrs.. Mallard was able to instantaneously begin to grieve with the harsh rejection that came to her. Within minutes, upon entering her room, she was struck by a calming peace, and was overcome by a feeling of control and serenity. The feeling that possessed her is symbolic of the change that she could not contest; the unrelenting factor that fate plays in a person’s destiny. The ironic events that take place throughout the story lead readers to believe that there is something concealed that only they know of.
Through the point of view of the narrator, it seems as if there is an inside look into the minds of the main character that the other characters do not seem to have. An instance of dramatic irony is clearly evident in the story. As Mrs.. Mallard’s reaction seems to be normal to the others involved, we know that in fact, she has a different internal reaction to the news. Without anyone knowing, Mrs.. Mallard celebrates her brand new freedom that she achieved. Disagreeing to what other people Say, she is not crying about the death of her husband like how any normal wife would in this situation. Another example of irony is Mrs..
Mallard’s observation of what will happen to her in the future. Earlier in the day, she had no goals and wanted to end her pain, and sorrow. Later on she became confident, and started from a new beginning to get a better future. The events of the conclusion lead the others involved to believe that Mrs.. Mallard passed away from joy. In conclusion, the reader knows that she eventually died from all her sorrows. The only way she could save herself from these sorrows was to die. A person found her work, and noticed Chopping writings as a creative expression of how a woman portrayed her linings toward her marriage.
Chopping works mostly seem to reflect her own life. If that is how her stories turned out, she would probably try to differentiate it. The literary techniques she used are an essential aspect, and without it the story would have no uniqueness. It would make the readers have a difficult time to understand the meanings behind the thoughts of the characters she portrayed. The ideas that are portrayed in “The Story of an Hour” and in the observation show effective the literary elements are in literature, and create a better reading experience.