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The Story of an Hour written by Kate Chopin in the late 18th Century is a dramatic example of a woman who suddenly discovers her freedom from the repression of her marriage The author vividly portrays the low position of a wife in a suppressive marriage of that time Although this story is short only covering the last hour of the womans life the impact on the reader is to make her realize how few rights women had in the past and to appreciate the freedom women have today The author conveys this effect by several literary techniques She uses images of the freedom present in nature to convey the missing freedom in Mrs Mallards life She uses techniques of surprise Finally she uses irony to support many twists and turns in the story She uses these elements to present a short story with a big impact which makes the reader thinks about how she shouldnt take those freedoms for granted The protagonist Mrs Mallard receives a piece of news from her sister and sisters husband that Mr Mallard is killed in a railroad accident She reacts to this message as most wives do at that period of time which is to go into immediate shock Her mind is blank at that moment when she hears the message of her husbands death A storm of grief overcomes her and she goes to her room alone As she starts to think about her lost marriage she sees in the open square before her house the tops of trees that are all aquiver with new spring life She feels everything changes Everything is lovelier than before she receives the death message The authors use of imagery in the natural world helps to explain to Mrs Mallard that her repressive marriage has not been as free as nature is Then suddenly she realizes she is free from now on free from her husband and her repressive marriage She
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