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John Malloy Entry #4 “The Story of an Hour” “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death.” The first sentence of “The Story of an Hour” is a very revealing one, giving information about the main character, general plotline, and conflict. The main character, Mrs. Mallard, must overcome the hardships that accompany the loss of a loved one. As an added conflict, the reader can guess that the heart troubles mentioned foreshadow a health downfall and possible death. Unfortunately, not much can be inferred about the setting or time period from the title and opening line. In regards to point of view, distance, and tone, this opening line is very deceiving. The reader’s initial guess of the point of view would be third person, but throughout the
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Unformatted text preview: story this shifts to first person in order to share what Mrs. Mallard was feeling. By the end, the point of view shifts back to third person to tell the events leading to Mrs. Mallard’s death. Distance ends up being very similar to the point of view in that it shifts from being very distant to being in tune with her thoughts and then back out. Though the tone is a bit more consistent, it too changes throughout. The reader initially feels despair after hearing the word “afflicted.” This coupled with the seeming fragility of Mrs. Mallard causes the reader to worry about what harm may come to her. Though this feeling of despair and worry at times briefly changes to a feeling of hope and freedom, it is the general tone of the work....
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Patterson during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.

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