way the Chopin does, that a woman does not need a man to be happy and support a family. Chopin also does a good job of using metaphors and similes to draw the reader into the story. A metaphor is defined as “A figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made between one object and another that is different from it” (Clugston, 2014, Chapter 2 Summary) and a simile is defined as “A simile is defined as “A figure of speech that compares two objects or ideas that are not ordinarily considered to be similar, linked by using like or as (Clugston, 2014, Chapter 2 Summary). Examples of a metaphor from the story is “Physical exhaustion that haunted her body” (Clugston, 2014, Section 2.2). An example of a simile is “She carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory” (Clugston, 2014, Section 2.2). The use of imagery that Chopin uses to convey the new life that Mrs. Mallard imagines for herself is not only vivid, but is also symbolic. “Chopin uses nature—the objects of sense—as a symbol of the powerful faculty of emotions, which creates design and harmony” (Jamil, 2009, pg. 218). The symbolism of nature is to the new life that Mrs. Mallard is expecting to experience after her husband’s death.
STORY OF AN HOUR 4 At the end of the story, Chopin uses irony in the statement that Mrs. Mallard had died “Of joy that kills” (Clugston, 2014, Section 2.2). One would think that that statement would mean that Mrs. Mallard had died from the joy of seeing her husband again. I, think, once again, that
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