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: Im just not sucked in at all to the story. Its not engrossing. The subject matter could have been presented so much better by, say, Checkov? Tone The tone here is very biased. Im 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 cant trust the narrator, for the narrators opinions seem to drive the story rather than objectively tell what the character is doing and feeling. I know thats 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 Desirees Baby!)...
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