Summary - Woolf, Virginia - The Story of an Hour

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Paul Burkhart The Story of an Hour by the Devil Incarnate Plot – Exposition: Pretty much self-explanatory, as it is one sentence. Mrs. Mallard has a heart problem, her husband died, and her friends are trying to break the news to her. Rising Action: she is told, and she locks herself in her room, and has this great revelation about how great and free her life will be without her husband around. Turning Point: When Mrs. Mallard whispers: “Free! Body and soul free!” Falling Action: She is now a free, new, independent woman! Then her husband comes back actually alive, and she dies from shock. Character – Our primary character that is developed at all is Mrs. Mallard. Her desire is simply to rid herself of the pain caused by her husbands death and find a new life. Setting – A city that has trains, or at least access to them. Point of View – 3 rd person limited Style – Dry, dull, and boring. It feels like a very emotional writing style that is very disconnected, just like everything from Chopin.
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Unformatted text preview: I’m just not sucked in at all to the story. It’s not engrossing. The subject matter could have been presented so much better by, say, Checkov? Tone – The tone here is very biased. I’m not just saying that out of dislike for Kate. I really have read other pieces with similar themes, but the language in this story gives me the feeling that I can’t trust the narrator, for the narrator’s opinions seem to drive the story rather than objectively tell what the character is doing and feeling. I know that’s very vague and not very satisfying to you, Gretchen, but I will try to articulate this better in class tomorrow. Symbol – The only symbol I could find in the story was more of an allusion to the “goddess of Victory,” giving the character of Mrs. Mallard a seeming invincibility and power that nothing can shake. Theme – Women need to be independent and men are evil (whoa! That sounds just like the theme of both “the Awakening” and “Desiree’s Baby!”)...
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