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to convey her message. An example of an effective simile appears in the seventh paragraph- “She [Mrs. Mallard] sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who as cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams.” In these lines, the narrator compares the way that Mrs. Mallard is sobbing to that of “a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams” sobs. This is an effective simile because it
tells of Mrs. Mallard’s innocence and is used to compare how the women of this time were treated as children.There are many metaphors used throughout Chopin’s short story. In the fourth paragraph the first metaphor is- “Into this [an armchair] she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” Chopin uses this metaphor to convey the extent to which the exhaustion has enveloped Mrs. Mallard. She does this by saying that Mrs. Mallard’s fatigue “haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul” which basically compares Mrs. Mallard’s overtiredness to a ghost. Kate Chopin also uses symbolism. Symbolism is a more veiled way to convey meaning and Chopin does this effectively in the fourth paragraph- “There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” The location of this chair is imperative because it is facing an open window. The light that